Zeppelin (Airship)
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Zeppelin (Airship)

Aircraft of a streamlined shape that is kept aloft by the aerostatic buoyancy of the lifting gas (hydrogen or helium) in its body. Forward thrust is provided by propeller engines that are housed in nacelles mounted outside of the body.

Derived from Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, who in 1900 had produced the first practicable airship of a rigid design that was motorized and steerable, the name also became a synonym for other technical solutions. Against the backdrop of a possible war with Britain, the development of zep…

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Schmidt, Wolfgang, “Zeppelin (Airship)”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 28 July 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0664>
First published online: 2015



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