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Rigid Airship

Any airship which relys upon a framework to provide the shape of the outer envelope. Traditional rigid airships usually had a framework or duralumin (aluminium alloy) or aluminium. Examples included stainless steel (R101) or wood (Schutte-Lanz). More recent propodals could include composite materials/structures.

Rigid Airships


The Graf Zeppelin LZ-127 the most successful rigid airship.

The rigid airship contained an internal framework constructed of a lightweight but strong material providing a rigid structure within which were the lifting gas cells; machinery; fuel and living/working space. A separate cover went over the outside of the framework to provide streamlining and weatherproofing.

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