The zeppelin as representative of peace

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On the last day of the All Quiet training we will roll up our sleeves. We’ll work all together to build a zeppelin, with which we want to send messages of peace to the world. What a difference from the past, when we used the zeppelins to bomb cities. We will present you under here how the zeppelin was born and how it evolved from an armament to a promotional vehicle.

Ferdinand von Zeppelin
The first zeppelin was built by Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838-1917). During the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871), the Count had seen that the French used air balloons for military purposes. That gave him the idea to build his own war vehicle. After his retirement in 1890 he began to build a cigar-shaped flying vehicle, flying on hydrogen, which was intended for mass transport of material and persons.

The Count began to build and on 2 July 1900, the first air travel from his LZ2-zeppelin took place – a flight of 18 minutes. Despite the successful flight, he didn’t found investors for his project. The interest only began to grow at the construction of the LZ3, the third version. The German army also took the bait and used the zeppelins for bombing England during the First World War. But the zeppelins were large and fragile, so the enemies could easily shot them down. Nevertheless the zeppelin achieved his goal: send the population into a panic.  

The helium of the USA
The biggest difficult area of the zeppelin was the fuel that was used: hydrogen is combustible. For that reason, the Germans wanted to replace the hydrogen by helium in the 30s, but the only country that provided this substance was The United States. However, the Americans were not leaping to sell helium to the Germans because they understood that they probably would use it for military purposes. All this made that the Germans continued to use hydrogen for their flights. This turned out into their deathblow: on 6 May  1937, the zeppelin called Hindenburg caught fire because of the hydrogen and 36 people have been killed. After this, the zeppelin was removed.

Live after Hindenburg
After the Hindenburg disaster, zeppelins were no longer used for was purposes. They are still built, but just to make aerial photos and movies or to show advertising messages – or messages of peace, like we will do.