Ex­ter­nal en­gine car

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The Hin­den­burg’s four, 16-cylin­der diesel en­gines were made by Daim­ler­benz (which also made Mercedes cars). Driv­ing the pro­pel­lers, each one was stored in an ex­ter­nal en­gine car, to which me­chan­ics would have to ac­cess by step­ping out into the open air with only a rail­ing for pro­tec­tion – even in mid-flight! A me­chanic was sta­tioned in each en­gine car at all times to mon­i­tor the diesel and carry out en­gine or­ders trans­mit­ted from the con­trol car.

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