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Zeppelin L.52 (LZ-98)


U-class Airship


Imperial Germany | 1917



"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."



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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.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Zeppelin L.52 (LZ-98) U-class Airship.
5 x Maybach HSLu engines developing 240 horsepower each.
Propulsion
66 mph
106 kph | 57 kts
Max Speed
19,685 ft
6,000 m | 4 miles
Service Ceiling
7,599 miles
12,230 km | 6,604 nm
Operational Range
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
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Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Zeppelin L.52 (LZ-98) U-class Airship.
20
(MANNED)
Crew
644.7 ft
196.50 m
O/A Length
78.7 ft
(24.00 m)
O/A Width
91.9 ft
(28.00 m)
O/A Height
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
RANGE
ALT
SPEED
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Zeppelin L.52 (LZ-98) U-class Airship .
STANDARD:
5 x 7.92mm machine guns on trainable mountings.

OPTIONAL:
Up to 4,450lb of conventional drop bombs.
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Zeppelin L.52 (LZ-98) family line.
L.52 - Tactical Designation
LZ-98 - Production Designation
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Zeppelin L.52 (LZ-98). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 1 Units

Contractor(s): Imperial Germany
National flag of the German Empire

[ German Empire ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 100mph
Lo: 50mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (66mph).

Graph Average of 75 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
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Production Comparison
1
36183
44000
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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