A Zeppelin is a rigid airship named after its German creator, Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin (German pronunciation: ['[email protected]:n]), who pioneered rigid airship construction around the turn of the twentieth century. Zeppelin's ideas were initially proposed in 1874 and fleshed out in full in 1893. He called his invention "Zerstreuung" ("dispersal") because he wanted to use them to go where no ship had gone before.
Zeppelins are so named because they bring peace as well as travel. The word "zeppelin" is derived from the Arabic za'peel, which means "to disperse".
Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin was an aristocrat who invented the modern airship while working for the German government as a military engineer. Believing that war would soon be conducted using balloons filled with gas, he set out to create a vessel that could stay aloft for longer than traditional hot-air balloons and carry more cargo. His first attempt failed but it led him to develop more efficient designs that formed the basis for all modern airships today. In addition to being a count, Ferdinand von Zeppelin was also a nobleman, a physicist, and a teacher at the University of Graz in Austria. He never married or had children.
A zeppelin is a type of airship that was popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. During World War I, the German military used zeppelins. After the war, they were sold to industrialists who used them for advertising and entertainment.
Here are other words that start with "zep": zephyr, zeuglify, zizz.
In Germany, they were patented in 1895, while in the United States, they were patented in 1899. Following the enormous success of the Zeppelin design, the term "zeppelin" began to be used to apply to all rigid airships.
The first zeppelin flight took place on August 2, 1900, when Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin flew around Lake Constance in Bavaria with Franz Josef Krechting at the controls. This event is now commemorated each year on Zeppelins over Germany.
The second zeppelin flight was made two months later by Count Zeppelin himself, this time traveling across Germany from Friedrich Wilhelms University in Berlin to Leipzig. This voyage was longer than the one in 1900 but still only spanned about 50 miles. The third and so far longest human-made airborne object was flown in February 1909 by Albert Ballin in Bremen. It traveled for more than 500 miles before making an emergency landing due to mechanical problems.
In April 1914, during World War I, Ludwig Prater managed to fly a zeppelin over Paris, which caused such alarm that it led to the construction of protective balloons over major cities. In 1917, Hugo Eckener developed the idea of using airplanes as taxis above popular destinations, which led to the creation of the first passenger airlines.
A Zeppelin is a rigid airship built by Luftschiffsbau-Zeppelin that consists of a cigar-shaped, trussed, and covered frame supported by internal gas cells. The word "zeppelin" is derived from the German for "invisible friend". These airships were used as public entertainment devices and also as military scouts during the 20th century.
Luftschiffer (German for "air ship") was the name given to the fleet of aircraft carriers built by Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II. They were all named after rivers in Europe and Asia: the Ganges, Indus, Lena, Maas, Meuse, Neva, Rhine, Seine, Skagerrak, Soya, Tiber, Vistula, Warta, and Yser.
The Hilda class was a pair of scout ships built for the German navy in the late 1930s. Although they were never officially classified as zeppelins, that is what they were called by the public. The Hilda was the first German naval vessel to be powered by diesel engines instead of steam. She was also the first German ship to use radar.
The LZ 129 Hindenburg was a large airship that burned down in 1937 during a test flight at Lake Manzell near Frankfurt am Main.