Named after Count Ferdinand Von Zeppelin, an early pioneer of rigid airships; the Zeppelin concept captured the attention of the world.
It flew majestically across oceans and continents. It was also the first airship to be flown commercially, opening up new vistas for ordinary people to travel from one country to another.
By mid 1914, it had carried over 10,000 fare paying passengers on over 1,500 flights. As war broke out, the military possibilities presented by airline flight came to the forefront, and zepplins were used to great effect.
With the return of peace, it seemed that Zeppelins would dominate the skies – at least until the dramatic destruction of the Hindenburg.
This book looks at the history of this legendary form of transport, charting its development and the events which surrounded it. Painstaking research is backed up by some fascinating illustrations and photographs which help to bring the subject alive. But is the Zeppelin truly dead?
The final chapter looks at recent developments and how a variation of the original airship continues to roam the skies.
An interesting study of a form of transport which captures the imagination of anyone who sees these great airships gently gliding through the air.