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Luftschiff Zeppelin 3: 1908

Luftschiff Zeppelin 3: 1908

Luftschiff Zeppelin 3, July 1908, approaching its hangar on the Bodensee. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.


What goes around

Hangars on water could rotate freely and matched the rotation of the zeppelins as the wind blew

Zeppelins landing on water

the air is more stable over water, less chance for thermals that could catch the craft and cause it to smash into the hangar - a common problem with early zeppelins on land where the cross winds at the hangar doors caused the early demise of several.


I thought Zepplins landed on land not on water, I wonder why they chose to land them on the water

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