Название: Zeppelin: Rigid Airships 1893-1940 Автор(ы): Peter W. Brooks Издательство: Smitsonian Institution Press Год: 1992 ISBN: 1-56098-228-4 Страниц: 222 Язык: English Формат: PDF Размер: 164 MB
In the first decade of the twentieth century, the rigid airship looked more likely to be the future of air travel and transportation than the small, rather fragile airplane. Using a lifting gas enclosed within a metal or wooden framework, rigid airships could fly longer distances and carry more passengers or cargo. Zeppelin: Rigid Airships 1893-1940 examines the rise and decline of the airship by means of individual development histories of all the fifty types of airships built across four countries during a forty year period. Beginning with Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin's first rigid airship, the book examines the role played by the rigid airship in both civil and military aviation. The world's first airline, DELAG, operated passenger services using Zeppelins before the outbreak of the First World War. Between 1914 and 1918, the Germans used rigid airships for bombing raids and for patrolling the seas. After the war, the rigid airship was a candidate for providing passenger services, especially over long distances, since they were able to provide far more comfortable settings for those flying in them than the airplane.