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The Incredible Engineering Behind History's Greatest Airships

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Zeppelins are actually quite an impressive species of aeronautical engineering—you know, when they aren't on fire. That's especially true considering the level of technological prowess in the 1920's. Our friends at Oobject have assembled 12 shots of these magnificent air-borne cruisers before they ever lifted off.
Be sure to also check out the hangers that housed these zeppelins, these impressive aircraft factories, and some interesting balloons.

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Men atop giant fire ladders work on airship

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The framework of LZ 129 'Hindenburg' under construction

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Interior shot of airship trusses

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USS Shenandoah (ZR-1) under construction - view of fuel tanks

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Nose cone of the Hindenburg under construction

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680ft Navy airship ZR-1under construction in 1922-23 at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, New Jersey

This was the first airpship to use helium rather than hydrogen.

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Skeleton of Graf Zeppelin, Friedrichshafen, 1928

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LZ-126 fuel tanks

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LZ-126 tail view before linen covering

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Looking along the axial gangway from the nose

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Shenandoah under construction, Lakehurst, NJ in 1921

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Britain's R 101 airship under construction at the Royal Airship Works, Cardington

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DISCUSSION

These people truly had balls of steel to build such a huge and complex vessel with 1920's technology, pressurize it with a highly flammable gas, and then fly it across the world.

Simply amazing.