Con­trol car

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To reach the con­trol car lo­cated at the bow, of­fi­cers and crew needed to crawl along a cat­walk and climb down a lad­der. From here of­fi­cers could nav­i­gate the ship, with in­stru­ments in­di­cat­ing speed and di­rec­tion. How­ever, the Hin­den­burg also boasted an early form of au­topi­lot, which used a gy­ro­scopic com­pass to con­trol the rud­der and el­e­va­tors, and keep the ship on its as­signed course dur­ing cruises in sta­ble weather.

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