Questions tagged [zeppelin]

A Zeppelin is a type of rigid airship named after the German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin who pioneered rigid airship development at the beginning of the 20th century. Zeppelin's ideas were first formulated in 1874 and developed in detail in 1893. They were patented in Germany in 1895 and in the United States in 1899.

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What factors influence the maximum speed of an airship?

I'm interested in learning about the physics of airships; in particular, how you determine an airships maximum speed. For example, the Hindenburg topped out at about 80 mph. The ship itself weighed ...
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Why was the Akron’s spy basket installation so remarkably unstable?

A spy basket (also known as a cloud car) is a type of airship appurtenance consisting of a streamlined one-(usually)-person gondola attached to its host airship by a long cable; to use it, the host ...
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Why was the Graf Zeppelin's endurance when fully fuelled with both fuels less than the sum of its endurances with each fuel separately?

The LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin used a unique dual-fuel system, with both a gasoline tank and a set of gas cells filled with blau gas; the airship could be flown using either fuel or both. The purpose of ...
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Does any company (or country) still use Zeppelins or airships? Why not?

I just like them a lot when I see'em in movies and I was wondering, are they still being used anywhere? Are there any companies working on them? If the answer is, as I expect, "Nope", I have to ask ...
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Lighter than Air Aircraft [duplicate]

Given the fact that Helium is now readily available (as compared to times when Zeppelins were around), why isn't Lighter Than Air Aviation used for cheap travel?