What was the mass of a fully fueled Hindenburg (discounting any cargo other than fuel/gaz) ?

I do mean to exclude any lift provided by buoyancy.

  • $\begingroup$ You mean the weight of the airship plus fuel without any of the lifting gas? $\endgroup$ – SMS von der Tann Jan 12 '18 at 1:06
  • $\begingroup$ I mean including the mass of the lifting gas $\endgroup$ – Antzi Jan 12 '18 at 1:49
  • $\begingroup$ u-s-history.com/pages/h1648.html 242 Tons $\endgroup$ – abelenky Jan 12 '18 at 3:34
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    $\begingroup$ "What was the mass [...] exclude any lift provided by buoyancy": lift/buoyancy are forces (N), they have no noticeable effects on mass (kg), unless they can propel the aircraft at relativistic velocity. $\endgroup$ – mins Jan 12 '18 at 8:47
  • $\begingroup$ do you want to include the mass of the hydrogen or not? $\endgroup$ – Federico Jan 12 '18 at 10:05

According to airships.net, LZ-129 Hindenburg had a dead weight of 118,000 kg and carried 58,880 kg of fuel. So that comes to 176,880 kg. Here are the full details:


Actual payload from a Hindenburg flight across the South Atlantic using hydrogen; table from airships.net

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    $\begingroup$ You forget the mass of the lifting gas, hydrogen in this case... $\endgroup$ – xxavier Jan 12 '18 at 11:18

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