What is Zeppelin?

  • (noun): A large rigid dirigible designed to carry passengers or bombs.
    Synonyms: Graf Zeppelin
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A Zeppelin is a type of rigid airship pioneered by the German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin in the early 20th century. It was based on designs he had outlined in 1874 and detailed in 1893. His plans were reviewed by committee in 1894 and patented in the United States on 14 March 1899. Given the outstanding success of the Zeppelin design, the term zeppelin in casual use came to refer to all rigid airships. Zeppelins were first flown commercially in 1910 by Deutsche Luftschiffahrts-AG (DELAG), the world's first airline in revenue service. By mid-1914, DELAG had carried over 34,000 passengers on over 1,500 flights. After the outbreak of World War I, the German military made extensive use of Zeppelins as bombers and scouts.

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Mount Zeppelin
... Mount Zeppelin (64°27′S 61°31′W / 64.450°S 61.517°W / -64.450 -61.517Coordinates 64°27′S 61°31′W / 64.450°S 61.517°W / -64.450 -61 ... (UK-APC) in 1960 for Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838-1917), German aeronautical engineer who perfected the large-scale rigid airship, 1894-1917 ...
LA Drone
... "LA Drone" is a short piece of music that the English rock band Led Zeppelin played as an intro tape on the second half of their 1972 concert tour of the United States ... The monotonous drone was produced by Led Zeppelin bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones and guitarist Jimmy Page by playing an acoustic guitar with a violin bow in the key of F# and ... closer to a 130 in live performances, as can be heard on a number of Led Zeppelin bootleg recordings ...
Zeppelin - Modern Era
... Since the 1990s Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik, a daughter enterprise of the Zeppelin conglomerate that built the original German Zeppelins, has been developing Zeppelin "New Technology" (NT) airships ... The Airship Ventures company recently re-introduced zeppelin passenger travel to California with one of these Zeppelin NT airships ... In May 2011, Goodyear announced that they will be replacing their fleet of blimps with Zeppelin NTs ...
Led Zeppelin (disambiguation)
... Led Zeppelin are an English rock band that formed in 1968 ... Led Zeppelin" may also refer to different works released by the band mentioned above Studio albums Led Zeppelin (album) Led Zeppelin II Led Zeppelin III Led Zeppelin IV Compilations Led Zeppelin Boxed Set ...
Ludwig Dürr - Life and Career
... Beginning in 1899, Dürr worked for Ferdinand von Zeppelin ... assisting in the construction of the first zeppelin airship, the LZ 1, he himself began to construct airships and lightweight construction parts ... All of the following zeppelin designs were Dürr's ...

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