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Zeppelin Construction Photography

Posted in Apocalypse, Architecture, Downsizing, Photography, Sculpture, Technology, Texture by RADDblog on January 13, 2010

Some photos of the construction of zeppelins (above = USS Macon / below = USS Akron / far below = Hindenberg on a visit to NJ) and the ridiculous ladders that it took to get there.

from b3ch:

In the first half of the twentieth century, there were great airships that sailed the skies, quite majestically. They were used both for transportation, and also in war in world war I and II. The German Zeppelin Airship company built the Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg for transcontinental and transatlantic travel. They were the cruise ships of the sky.

In the early days the Zeppelins were inflated with hydrogen gas for bouancy which worked very well, but was also very dangerous. Later the Americans found a way to effectively produce helium gas, so we had much safer airships. Although hydrogen has better bouyancy, it is highly explosive. In times of war, we would not share our safer helium with the Germans.

The German Zeppelin Airship LZ-126 “Hindenburg” had it’s famous flaming crash at the Lakehurst National Airport in New Jersy in the USA.

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via b3ch.com

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  7. Anonymous said, on September 2, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    Its fucking beautiful@@@!!!!!#@

  8. Anonymous said, on September 7, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    it’s not as dangerous as it appears. I understand that once they reached the top of the ladder, they would push their testicles in between the rungs, as their testicles were large enough to hold them securely while they proceded to work with both hands.

  9. Sean said, on September 9, 2011 at 8:43 AM

    Great pictures. Small quibbles: The Hindenburg was hull number LZ 129. 126 was what eventually became the USS Los Angles, 127 was the Graf Zeppelin, and 128 was never built.

    Also, no rigid airships took part in WWII. The Graf Zeppelin II was used for some attempts at radio espionage against Britain before the war, but it and the GZ I were broken up for scrap before the start of hostilities.

    The US employed many non-rigid blimps during the war, mainly for convoy escort and anti-submarine patrol, but no rigid ships.

  10. Kylie Chase said, on November 1, 2011 at 5:07 AM

    It looks like it’s glowing son :D


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