Pioneered by the German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin in the early 20th century, TheZeppelinwas based on designs von Zeppelin had outlined earlier in 1874 and detailed in 1893. In 1894 his plans were reviewed by committee and on March 14, 1899 the United States granted von Zeppelin his patent. Given the outstanding success of the Zeppelin design, the term zeppelin in casual use came to refer to all rigid airships. Zeppelins were operated by the Deutsche Luftschiffahrts-AG (DELAG). DELAG, the first commercial airline, served scheduled flights before World War I. After the outbreak of war, the German military made extensive use of Zeppelins as bombers and scouts.
Before The Hindenburg exploded in 1937, exposing a flaw that would inevitably doom the longevity of the airship, Zeppelins were actually quite an impressive species of aeronautical engineering considering the level of technological prowess of the 1920’s.
Oobject have assembled 12 shots of these magnificent air-borne cruisers before they ever lifted off. These photo’s are below and I’ve included a few other interesting ones I’ve found. Be sure to also check out the hangers that housed these zeppelins, these impressive aircraft factories, and some interesting balloons.