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The Dirigible - Zeppelin


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The Dirigible


Ferdinand Graf Zeppelin

Zeppelin’s “Navigable Balloon” provided several improvements to lighter-than-air craft of the day. In particular, he invented the “rigid frame” dirigible.

He installed a moveable weight that would tilt the air ship up or down to allow it to ascend or descent. He used short rigid units to contain the gas bags. These units were attached at one point to allow the ship flexibility along its length. Also, he incorporated auxiliary gas bags for maneuvering.

Zeppelin built the rigid-frame dirigibles that bear his name for the German army in WW I.

Some great links:

Ferdinand Zeppelin

Ferdinand Zeppelin (Brief Biography)

DJ's Zeppelin Page

Deutsche Zeppelin Reederei

Zeppelin Museum (German and English)



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Last updated: 24 January, 2001

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