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Albert Sammt (1889 in Niederstetten - 1982 Niederstetten) was a German Kommandant of Zeppelin-airships.

In 1919 he was helmsman (Steuermann) on the LZ 120 Bodensee. In 1924 during the first non-stop aircraft flight between European and American mainlands he was the elevator helmsman (Höhensteuermann) of the Zeppelin LZ 126 - USS Los Angeles.[1]

He was an officer on board the LZ 129 Hindenburg during during the Lakehurst-catastrophe.

Among other tasks, as commander of the large LZ 130 Graf Zeppelin he flew the August 1939 spying flight[2] and its last flight before it was dismantled. His home town of Niederstetten made him "honoured citizen" (Ehrenbürger): there the Albert-Sammt-Museum is situated.[3]

Flown cover autographed by Capt. Albert Sammt carried on the Graf Zeppelin on its first South America Flight of the ten flown during the 1934 season. (Courtesy of The Cooper Collections)

Notes and References

  1. ^ Althof, William F. 2004. USS Los Angeles: The Navy's Venerable Airship and Aviation Technology. ISBN 1574886207. Brassey's. page 34. Google books extract "Sammt replaced elevatorman Pruss"
  2. ^ Sammt 1988
  3. ^ Virtual Aviation Museum. Albert Sammt-Zeppelin-Museum
  • Sammt, Albert. 1988. Mein Leben für den Zeppelin, Verlag Pestalozzi Kinderdorf Wahlwies 1988, ISBN 3-921583-02-0 - pages 167-168 extract covering LZ 130's spying trip from 2 to 4 August 1939, (German) (pdf)

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