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GERMANY, ZEPPELIN, GENERAL (CONSTRUCTION)

SI Neg. 2000-1382. Date: na...Germany Zeppelin under construction, caption at bottom of image, 'RIGID AIRSHIP CONSTRUCTION. In order that the lifting gas of a dirigible may exert its force to carry a large useful load, the structure of the craft is made as light as is consistent with strength. Duralumin, a light, strong alloy, is used for the framework and many of the metal parts. A triangular keel connects the rings, forming the whole. Ventilation passages and laddres to provide access to the upper gun platforms extend through the framework.'..Credit: unknown (Smithsonian Institution)

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Taken on November 6, 2004