This week the Captain does something very strange (after I commit murder). So as follows is a brief history of Captain James P. Proctor, an experiment in entertainment in podcast format. If it is easier, you can also find this on the Blog portion of the podcast at www.airshipwrecked.blogspot.com. These journals were written by the captain, and I have dictated them here, starting where things get interesting.
(Amazing Talking Useless Machine)
Part 1: How I acquired the Eckener
May 19th, 1940.
Being a humble balloonist, it is not easy to get noticed in a world of great airmen like Max Pruss, The Crimson Count and Ernst Lehmann. Today, however, my luck may have changed. I was up in my gas balloon around five o’clock in the morning “bird watching”, when I just so happened to pick up a signal from a German Zeppelin called “The Hindenburg II.” When I entered its channel the man on the other end asked me if he was speaking to “Base Golfplatz.” Thinking fast I informed him that he was, in my best German accent. The man then continued to ask me if they should proceed with the attack as planned. I told him “We are currently indecisive on that matter” and that before we could decide we needed his planned coordinates for today, midnight tonight, and noon the next day. He hesitantly gave these to me, and after an impressive amount of acting on my part, told him I was losing connection, but that I would do my best to have the decision made by the next time he gained contact.
After a bit of research, I have learned that The Hindenburg II, or the LZ 131 is a new German airship, and the successor to The Hindenburg, LZ 129. It also came after The Graf Zeppelin II, LZ 130, and as far as the public knew, that was the end of the German Zeppelin line. Not true. Registered as a craft meant for war, the first war airship since World War I, The Hindenburg II is the length of almost three football fields, 20 stories high, and contains 20 bags filled with Hydrogen. It is equipped with 20 double sided air pressure cannons (double sided to keep the ship stable) and can carry over 100 people (less while wearing full armor and carrying full artillery). It is protected all around by reenforced aluminum siding, and carries dozens of fighter planes, ready to drop into a dogfight at a moments notice.
It will be mine by morning.