We all know that airships are divided into three different categories – rigid airships, semi-rigid airships, and non-rigid airships. The Zeppelin belongs to the family of rigid airships, which were introduced in the beginning of 20th century by a German scientist named, “Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin.” This airship was based on the design of an old airship, which was introduced in 1894. The Zeppelin was the most successful airship of its era and due to its success, they were used for all rigid airships.

The basic competitive edge of a Zeppelin over other airships was that it was designed using the metal alloy Skelton, which enables it to lift heavy material easily without any hassle. Before the actual production of zeppelin, a prototype of this airship was developed with the length of 128 m (420ft) and with the horsepower of 10.6 KW. In the month of July 1900, the first flight of a Zeppelin was taken in order to check its efficiency. With the passage of time, improvements were made in this model to enhance its efficiency level. View full article »