WW1 Zeppelins

Nearly 100 Zeppelins were constructed during WW1. Here are some.

Here is a gondola. Note the swivel MG and the outwardly protruding cockpit windows.
L30 It is one of the later (From 1916 onwards) higher technology Zeppelins which were known as High Climbers and could cruise at at least 17000 feet. It is recognizable by the crew station at the front top of the envelope and a clean look generally compared to the earlier WW1 Zeppelins.
High Climber
L37 – Very clean lines.

HMAS Sydney in battle with a Zeppelin.
L44 The fuel was a tyoe of gas that had the same specific gravity as air, so it could occupy bladders and not effect buoancy, or stored in compression tanks, or other more well known fuels like diesel or gasoline.
A later war Zeppelin. Approximately 55,000kg lifting power, 7500km range, A radio station transmit/receive with 1500 km range, defensive guns crew approximately 20, cruise speed 103kmh, altitude capability 20,000 feet plus, bomb load variable, but around 2500kg.
L64 – note the paint scheme.
A massive Zeppelin. L70, a sleek late war Zeppelin circa late 1918. “intercepted and destroyed over North Sea by British de Havilland DH-4 flown by Major Egbert Cadbury with Captain Robert Leckie (later Air Vice-Marshal) as gunner.” From Wiki. Bertie Cadbury – of the Cadbury Chocolate.
Bodensee. A 1919 post-war passenger ship. Its a smaller airship compared to the war Zeppelins, but still, note the gigantic size comparison to the people below and the amazing ability for such a heavy object (approximately 25000kg) to float in thin air.
Another passenger ship
A early war Zeppelin. Note the clunky appearance with multiple wing planes, which are not found on later models.
Early war Zeppelin. The under-belly fin is probably a walkway between gondolas. Later Zeppelins have a walkway, but it is embedded within the envelope structure.
Some sheep. And a huge early WW1 Zeppelin. Note the boxy tail structure similar to WW1 biplanes, which is removed on later Zeppelins and replaced with the 4 fins in a cross-configuration.
Looks like there is a double tail plane. This Zeppelin is extra long and thin.
This Zeppelin is cruising low, but later models could cruise so high the engines could not be heard from the ground.
Note the early tail control structure.
Zeppelins would sometimes fight with battle ships, like huge monsters duelling like godzilla and gamera.
L9 Look at the clean lines on this one. Note the crew turret on top.
This Zeppelin has a camo skin.
A late war Zeppelin circa 1917.
Zeppelins could be easily shot down with tracer bullets, if in range, but were otherwise good flyers.
1929 ... R100 British Zeppelin

R100 – Britains 1920’s airship. Note the hardcore ladder.
(animated stereo) Graf Zeppelin, Pyrimid at Giza, 1931
A airship flying over the Pyramids with spectators viewing it from a top a pyramid.

WW1 Zeppelins

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