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The Zeppelin (Hardback)

Aviation > Reference WWI > By Year > 1914

By Michael Belafi, Translated by Cordula Werschkun
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 211
ISBN: 9781473827851
Published: 23rd March 2015



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This new publication from Michael Belafi offers some truly intriguing content. Photographs of the mighty Zeppelin at all stages of development feature in a publication that aims to chart the entire course of the airship's history.

Named after the German Count Ferdinand Von Zeppelin, an early pioneer of rigid airship development, the Zeppelin was first flown commercially by Deutsch Luftschiffahrts (DELAG), the world's first airline in revenue service. By mid-1914, DELAG had carried over 10,000 fare-paying passengers on over 1500 flights. When war hit, it was employed to military advantage, wreaking carnage upon Britain's towns and cities. German defeat in 1918 temporarily halted the airship business (many had to be surrendered under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles), although it did bounce back with the construction of the Graf Zeppelin in the 30s. A series of terrible accidents was soon to signal the demise of the Zeppelin however; following the Hindenburg disaster of 1937, and in the midst of a host of political and economic issues, the Zeppelin was soon to be consigned to the history books as one of the great aviation relics of the 20th Century. This new publication explores each facet of its history, and concludes by assessing the legacy of rigid airship development, still felt to this day.

It fills an important gap on my early aviation bookshelf, and I would unhesitatingly recommend it to fill the similar gap on yours.

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Clash of Steel

Its true value is the biographical content on Ferdinand von Zeppelin himself that fills around 60% of the book.

Aerospace, June 2016 - Peter Davison

The author's comprehensive approach covers Zeppelin's life and times detailing the steps leading to his breakthrough triumph in 1900...

... The Zeppelin is highly recommended as a new and sweeping overview of an epic aviation development whose day may yet be far from done.

Over The Front - Jon Guttman

The giant Zeppelin airships hold an endearing fascination, further fuelled by this new title.

Aviation News Sept 15

This book is extensively illustrated with black-and-white photographs and drawings. The author is to be commended for not only recounting the zeppelin's flying history, but also assessing its continuing influence on today's airship development.

Toy Soldier & Model Figure Magazine

This is an intelligent review of everything Zeppelin, from its first airship (LZ 1) of 1900 through to the modern designs of today's Zeppelin company. Illustrations, all in B&W save for the cover, are well-chosen and decently reproduced.

Aeroplane Monthly

Highly recommended

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