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Zeppelin L.52 (LZ-98)

Imperial Germany (1917)
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National Origin: Imperial Germany
Service Year: 1917
Classification Type: U-class Airship
Manufacturer(s): Imperial Germany
Production: 1
Status: Retired, Out-of-Service


Surviving the fighting of World War 1, the German Empire Zeppelin L.52 was destroyed by her crew after the conflict in June of 1919.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Zeppelin L.52 (LZ-98) U-class Airship.  Entry last updated on 4/3/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The Zeppelin was a principle weapon of both the German Army and Navy concerning World War 1 (1914-1918). Dozens were produced and proved sound reconnaissance platforms and eventually evolved to become bombing systems due to their exceptional range for the period. Allied fighters and ground-based anti-aircraft fire could be out distanced and tracking of Zeppelins in low-light hours of the day proved a challenge. While sorties were launched against France and Russian, it was Britain that took on most of the Zeppelin threat. In reality, the airships were inaccurate as bombing platforms and served more as a psychological tool against the civilian population. Their internal hydrogen filling also made them highly susceptible to exploding if hit with incendiary munitions. Such airships were known as "rigid" for their duralumin internal structures.

L.52 was once such German development. She was powered by 5 x Maybach HSLu engines developing 240 horsepower each. She could therefore manage a maximum speed of 106 kph and reach a service ceiling of 6,000 meters. Operational range was 12,230 kilometers. Dimensions included a length of 196.5 meters, a diameter of 24 meters and a height of 28 meters. She was crewed by 20 personnel.

L.52 served the German military as a reconnaissance and bombing Zeppelin during World War 1 (1914-1918). The aircraft managed a total of 20 reconnaissance sorties during her short operational career that began on July 14th, 1917. She is notable for one air raid against Britain where a storm misguided her in the direction of London airspace to which her crew proceeded to drop its 4,450lb bomb load on the capital. Surviving the war, L.52 was destroyed by her own crew on June 23rd, 1919 lest she fell into enemy hands. L.52 was given the production designation of "LZ.98" and was of the U-class of Zeppelins.

Any available statistics for the Zeppelin L.52 (LZ-98) U-class Airship are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).






Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 100mph
Lo: 50mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (66mph).

    Graph average of 75 miles-per-hour.
Relative Operational Ranges
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Aviation Era Impact
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Supported Mission Types:
Air-to-Air
Interception
Unmanned
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Training
Anti-Submarine
Anti-Ship
Airborne Early Warning
MEDEVAC
Electronic Warfare
Maritime/Navy
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Search/Rescue
Recon/Scouting
Special Forces
X-Plane/Development
Global Operators:
Imperial Germany
Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Zeppelin L.52 (LZ-98) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
20


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
644.69 ft


Meters
196.5 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
78.74 ft


Meters
24 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
91.86 ft


Meters
28 m

Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
5 x Maybach HSLu engines developing 240 horsepower each.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
66 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
106 kph


Knots
57 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
7,599 mi


Kilometers
12,230 km


Nautical Miles
6,604 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
19,685 ft


Meters
6,000 m


Miles
3.73 mi

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

STANDARD:
5 x Machine Guns on trainable mountings.

OPTIONAL:
Up to 4,450lb of drop ordnance.
Visual Armory:

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Variants: Series Model Variants
• L.52 - Tactical Designation
• LZ-98 - Production Designation