In our dreams, the skies belong to airships and zeppelins. These classic vehicles are among the most elegant and beautiful modes of transport ever created, and there’s a reason why so many science fiction shows feature them. Here’s a gallery of brave and beautiful air vehicles of the past.
Top: The American airship ZR 3 Los Angeles flying near the Empire State Building under construction. The Zeppelin, built as LZ 126, is accompanied by some blimps. New York, the United States of America, 29 October 1930.
Bottom: Zeppelin interior dining room
Only one of the American zeppelins/airships that didn’t meet a disastrous end. The Akron, Macon and Shenandoah all crashed. Los Angeles was decommissioned and dismantled.
USS Akron flying over my hometown of Arlington Virginia circa 1931-1932.
LZ 86 served on the Eastern Front until it crashed over Romania in fall of 1916. Seen in profile here, it offers a good view of the placement of the upper machine gun platform, one of the crewmen standing there to offer scale.
(Zeppelin Museum, Tønder)