World’s Largest Airships Ever Built and Their Disasters

A list of the 10 largest dirigible that ever built and flew in history and the disaster they encountered.

During the early part of the 20th century airplanes are hardly known. Airships are the popular and most preferred aerial vessels. What is an airship? An Airship, which is also known as Dirigible, is a ‘lighter-than-air aircraft’ that can be steered and propelled through the air using rudders and propellers or other thrust. It stay afloat by filling a large cavity with a lifting gas.

1.) LZ 129 Hindenburg – 245 m

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With a total length of 245 meters, the German-made LZ 129 Hindenburg was the world’s largest airship ever built. This commercial passenger-carrying rigid airship is also the longest flying machines of any kind. The airship flew from March 1936 until May 1937. It was destroyed by a fire while landing in New Jersey, USA and killing 36 people. This airship was operated by 61 crews and can accommodate 72 passengers. Its maximum speed was 135 km/h.

2.) LZ 130 Graf Zeppelin II – 244 m

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The Graf Zeppelin II is the 2nd longest dirigible in history, just one meter shorter than the LZ 129 Hindenburg. It was the last of the great German rigid airships built by the Zeppelin Luftschiffbau. It has a crew of 40 and 40 passenger capacity. It has a maximum speed of 131 km/h, a bit slower than the LZ 129 Hindenburg.

3.1) ZRS-4 USS Akron – 239 m

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USS Akron (ZRS-4) is the 3rd largest airship ever built. It was an American helium-filled rigid airship that was lost in a weather-related accident off the New Jersey coast early on April 4, 1933. Seventy-three people died on the incident. The airship also served as a flying aircraft carrier for launching F9C ‘Sparrowhawk’ biplanes.

With a length of239 m, USS Akron and her sister USS Macon, were the largest helium-filled airship. LZ 129 Hindenburg was filled with hydrogen. It can fly as fast as 133 km/h. It was operated by 89 officers and men. It was equipped with 7 machine guns and carried 4 aircraft.

3.2) USS Macon – 239 m

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USS Macon (ZRS-5), sister of USS Akron, was a large rigid airship used as flying aircraft carrier and served the US Navy for almost two years.

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5 Responses to “World’s Largest Airships Ever Built and Their Disasters”
  1. Eunice Tan Says...

    On June 22, 2010 at 4:12 am

    It is good to know all this fact about airship. Good article.

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    On June 22, 2010 at 7:33 am

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    On June 22, 2010 at 4:42 pm

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    On June 22, 2010 at 9:41 pm

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  5. Authoress Terry E. Lyle Says...

    On June 22, 2010 at 10:43 pm

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