Schreiber-Bogen Card Modelling Zeppelin Junior Model
Colored model to cut and stick!
Material: Paper, Cardboard
Number of sheets: 4,5
Degree of difficulty : 1
The manufacturer classifies his models under 5 degrees of difficulty:
"Child model": very easy and with childlike motives
"0": Beginner model
"2": Moderately severe
History of the Zeppelin Airships
On July 2, 1900 the first Zeppelin Airship LZ 1 rose into the sky from a floating raft on Lake Constance in Germany. Its inventor, Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin, had already occupied himself with the idea of an airship in 1873, but was only able to realize it after completing his military career. A committee of experts, appointed by Emperor Wilhelm II, turned down Zeppelin"s plans for the construction of a stiff airship for security reasons. And so Graf Zeppelin was forced to find other financing possibilities. In 1898 he founded a "Joint-stock Company for the Promotion of Aeronautics" with about 800,000 marks as starting capital. The Graf contributed about half of that from his own private assets. And so finally the LZ 1 was able to be built. However, the financing of further building projects remained problematic. After the Company for the Promotion of Aeronautics had been dissolved, and several public requests for donations hadn"t achieved the hoped-for success, Zeppelin once more invested his own private assets. The Württemberg King Wilhelm II supported his plans by putting the proceeds from a lottery to a value of 130,000 marks at his disposal. The Reichs Government also contributed 50,000 marks, so that a second airship, LZ 2, could be built. By now, the military administration was also interested in Zeppelin"s airships. They acquired the LZ 3 for three million marks as a military airship. It was in action until 1913. When on August 4, 1908 the LZ 4 was to prove its long distance flying suitability in a 24-hour test flight, a catastrophe occurred. After a stopover in Echterdingen near Stuttgart a storm front with strong gusts of wind tore the Zeppelin from its anchorage at the bow. The handling team couldn"t hold the ropes. When the drifting Zeppelin touched the tops of fruit trees, 15,000 cubic metres of hydrogen ignited. The airship went up in flames. The people were full of consternation and wanted to support Graf Zeppelin financially. Already one day after the accident several 100,000 marks had been donated. Altogether 6.25 million marks were donated by the people. In 1908 the Airship Company Zeppelin GmbH was founded. At first, military use of the airships had precedence. Between 1909 and 1918 101 airships were built for the military. During World War I German Zeppelins aroused fear and horror over England"s cities. After World War I passenger airships should be built. The LZ 126 was built for the USA as reparations and transferred to Lakehurst in a transatlantic flight. After an 81-hour flight over 7,525 km it landed there and was received with great enthusiasm. In May 1926 they began with the construction of the LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin, and a regular overseas service started.
The airship LZ 129 Hindenburg made its first Atlantic crossing in March 1936. On May 6, 1937 another catastrophe occurred during the landing in Lakehurst. The LZ 129 was completely destroyed by fire after an explosion on board. 36 people were killed. Even up to the present day, the cause of the disaster has never been found. After that it was clear that passenger transport with hydrogen airships was too dangerous. However, as helium was too expensive, and as it was also difficult to obtain, airship construction in Germany was stopped. In the 90s the Luftschifftechnik GmbH developed a high-tech Zeppelin NT (Zeppelin New Technique) with filler gas helium in Friedrichshafen. The prototype started on its maiden voyage on September 18, 1997.