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All because of a storm

Posted on March 30, 2009 by Lucie Maluck, Images by mtu Archive, Archiv der Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH

mtu's history goes back to 1909, when it began building engines for airships.
Friedrichshafen, Germany
The dream of flying is as old as the human race itself and the fascination of the zeppelin has hardly diminished over time.
In the First World War, zeppelins were easy targets – so aeroplane engines were in greater demand. The Maybach Mb IVa was a major step forwards in the history of the aircraft engine.
As early as 1924, Maybach introduced the first large hig-speed diesel engine, which was fitted in a railcar jointly developed with EVA Wismar.
In May 1933, the “Fliegender Hamburger” is greeted with great jubilation when it arrives at Hamburg station. Powered by two Maybach GO 5 engines, it completes the journey from Berlin in less than two and a half hours – a sensational achievement in those days.
In October 1954, a GTO 6, an advanced version of the GO 6 engine, is dismantled after completing 553,000 kilometers. Inspection reveals that a complete overhaul will not be required until it has the not insubstantial figure of a million kilometers on the clock.
The biggest dump truck in the world at the time is driven by the Series 396 engine first introduced in 1973.

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