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Are Zeppelins the Future of Air Travel?

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LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin

This zeppelin, named after the German pioneer of airships, Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, operated commercially between 1928 and 1937. Delivery of mail, pasted with specially designed air-mail rate zeppelin stamps, helped to fund the development and expansion of lighter-than-air travel.

Zeppelins completed trips around the world, over the north pole, and many transatlantic crossings, before the fateful day that brought an era of air travel to a close. Strangely, the Count von Zeppelin may yet drive the start of a new era of lighter-than-air craft, but more on that later.

Photo credit: Grombo/Wikimedia Commons

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