The Centennial Celebration
July 2, 2000 is a very special, if not the most important, day for the
zeppelin aircraft. It is 100 years ago that the LZ1 took off for the first
time. To celebrate this event, the Zeppelin anniversary will take place
in Friedrichshafen from June 30 to July 9, 2000.
There will be an airship parade and the spectacular laser show by the
Lake Constance side on July 2, the day of the official opening of the
celebration. Various institutions of Friedrichshafen, commercial, gastronomic
and industrial enterprises together present a cultural and a culinary
program of events round the zeppelins.
There is a new zeppelin generation being created and developed in Friedrichshafen
- Zeppelin NT (New Technology). The new high-tech airships have the same
shape and framework as their predecessors built before WWII had, but time
has not stood still since then. The new airships are as safe as any passenger
airplane. These rigid airships filled with inflammable helium are extremely
weatherproof because of a new type of covering and fully controlled even
in bad weather conditions with their two lateral engines and a rear engine
that reach a speed of 140 km/h. The engines enable the airship to land
independently, while up to a hundred ground crew were necessary before.
The new zeppelins are ecologically sound, consume very little energy,
and move almost noiselessly at a height up to 2500 m.
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Hindenburg - LZ 129
History and description of the Hindenburg in English. Really interesting
is the comparison of the Hindenburg wit a 747 and the Titanic.
Good page with infos on the Hindenburg's history and the Lakehurst tragedy.
A general site about airships and zeppelins. In German.
Means of the Future
Airships - giant "flying cigars" -
have come from the past and once again fascinate with their impressive
size and outstanding load-transporting abilities. CargoLifter AG has launched
serious production of dirigibles a few years ago, and plans to make a
revolution in modern logistics.
This museum shows a zeppelin exhibition with a 33 meters part
of the Hindenburg.