6 German Airship Lands In Moscow In 1930

German Airship Lands In Moscow In 1930

Posted on February 21, 2012 by


After World War I, Germany was deprived of its right to construct airships. The ban was in force until 1925. So, in fall 1928 their new airship LZ-127 made its first flight.


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The airship was named Count Zeppelin after the German pioneer of airships, Ferdinand von Zeppelin.

The airship had a length of 237 m and a weight of 55 tons. Its maximum diameter was 30.5 m. The airship was equipped with 5 engines of 530 hp each while its cruising speed reached 120 km/h.  It was able to seat 35 passengers; number of crew members was 26 persons.

On September 10th, 1930 the airship reached Moscow, circled above the city for two hours and landed on Khodynka Field. Over 3,000 viewers could watch the landing. The airship had 42 crew members, 23 passengers and 21 kg of mail aboard. It took the airship about 26 hours to cover the distance of 2,372 m.

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6 Responses to “German Airship Lands In Moscow In 1930”

  1. yagur says:

    26 hours to cover the distance of 2,372 m – it’s aabout 91 m in hour, or 300 ft/hour…Not so fast, indeed…

  2. JCR says:

    The man in the second picture is not Graf Zeppelin but Dr. Hugo Eckener, Zeppelin’s successor.

  3. aguest says:

    “It took the airship about 26 hours to cover the distance of 2,372 m.”

    You surely mean 2372 km.

  4. LOLWUT says:

    picture stutter?

    26 hours to go 2.6km at 120km/hr? math fail.

    and only 1 pic of the Zep.

    Wow.

  5. (r)evolutionist says:

    The slow speed? Maybe it was a “Le(a)d Zeppelin.”

  6. andel says:

    Ribbentrop and Molotow looks at it too?

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