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Samuel de Champlain was a 2,472,000 cubic foot rigid airship built by the Zeppelin Company at Friedrichshafen, Germany. Here she rests at Lakehurst. Her construction was partially funded by German World War I reparations. Completed in August 1924, she departed Germany in mid-October 1926 for delivery to the Royal Canadian Navy.  www.airshipcenter.com

Samuel de Champlain was a 2,472,000 cubic foot rigid airship built by the Zeppelin Company at Friedrichshafen, Germany. Here she rests at Lakehurst. Her construction was partially funded by German World War I reparations. Completed in August 1924, she departed Germany in mid-October 1926 for delivery to the Royal Canadian Navy. www.airshipcenter.com

Robert Moser on an engine crosswalk in the Hindenburg.

Robert Moser on an engine crosswalk in the Hindenburg.

Graf Zeppelin over Budapest, Hungary, 1931. www.airshipcenter.com

Graf Zeppelin over Budapest, Hungary, 1931. www.airshipcenter.com

USS Macon, interior of the rear fin.

USS Macon, interior of the rear fin.

The interior of the Hindenburg’s lower tail fin. The starboard access hatch can be seen at lower right, and the control area for the aft landing wheel can be seen between the pair of V-shaped girder arrangements at lower center. Further forward from this position, a trio of portholes in the starboard side of the fin mark the location of the emergency helm control stand. The man in the photo is standing at roughly the same spot as the Chief Engineer’s landing station.

The interior of the Hindenburg’s lower tail fin. The starboard access hatch can be seen at lower right, and the control area for the aft landing wheel can be seen between the pair of V-shaped girder arrangements at lower center. Further forward from this position, a trio of portholes in the starboard side of the fin mark the location of the emergency helm control stand. The man in the photo is standing at roughly the same spot as the Chief Engineer’s landing station.

An aerial view of a portion of the Grand Fleet at anchor in the Firth of Forth, taken from the British Airship R. 9. during World War 1.  www.airshipcenter.com

An aerial view of a portion of the Grand Fleet at anchor in the Firth of Forth, taken from the British Airship R. 9. during World War 1. www.airshipcenter.com

Umberto Nobile walking through the keel of the Italia Airship. Airship Italia was a semi-rigid airship used by Italian engineer Umberto Nobile in his second series of flights around the North Pole. It crashed in 1928, with one confirmed fatality from the crash, one fatality from exposure while awaiting rescue, and the disappearance (and presumed death) of six crew members who were trapped in the still-airborne envelope.  www.airshipcenter.com

Umberto Nobile walking through the keel of the Italia Airship. Airship Italia was a semi-rigid airship used by Italian engineer Umberto Nobile in his second series of flights around the North Pole. It crashed in 1928, with one confirmed fatality from the crash, one fatality from exposure while awaiting rescue, and the disappearance (and presumed death) of six crew members who were trapped in the still-airborne envelope. www.airshipcenter.com

Image: Bow of the gondola of German naval airship PL19. The PL 19 was intended for the British Royal Navy as "Parseval No.5", but upon war's outbreak was used instead by the German Navy.   www.airshipcenter.com

Image: Bow of the gondola of German naval airship PL19. The PL 19 was intended for the British Royal Navy as "Parseval No.5", but upon war's outbreak was used instead by the German Navy. www.airshipcenter.com

Graf Zeppelin above Egypt.

Graf Zeppelin above Egypt.

Three members of crew at work on the starboard engine gantry of a Royal Navy Air Service North Sea (N.S.) type non-rigid airship during an anti-submarine patrol off the British coast circa 1918. None appear to be wearing a safety line. On the upper level the mechanic is standing next to his compartment from which he controlled the 240HP Fiat engines. On the lower level a gunner mans his gun.   www.airshipcenter.com

Three members of crew at work on the starboard engine gantry of a Royal Navy Air Service North Sea (N.S.) type non-rigid airship during an anti-submarine patrol off the British coast circa 1918. None appear to be wearing a safety line. On the upper level the mechanic is standing next to his compartment from which he controlled the 240HP Fiat engines. On the lower level a gunner mans his gun. www.airshipcenter.com

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