Rolf was always interested in helium and hydrogen gas, which made these huge airships fly. Rolf enrolled in the local university to study to be a chemist and because of his grades, his father was able to pull some strings and get him a ticket on the Hindenburg. As the bus came near the new Rhein-Main World airport, Rolf's excitement grew as he saw the huge Zeppelin hangar. He and the other passengers got out of the bus and stretched their necks to see the immense hangar. The hangar was a thousand feet long and twenty stories high.
Rolf and the other passengers walked through the door of the huge hangar and they had to stop in front of a huge table of Nazi uniformed custom agents who were checking luggage, tickets and passports. A Zeppelin employee observing the passengers recognized Rolf and waved to him. Rolf, while waiting in line, overheard two young Luftwaffe officers conversing about the giant airship. One of the officers asked why they were using more dangerous hydrogen gas instead of the safer helium gas they normally use.
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