U.S.S. Los Angeles was an American naval vessel, but her interiors were designed for civilian passenger service.
Built as LZ-126 in Germany, Los Angeles was the brainchild of Hugo Eckener. The Treaty of Versailles prohibited Germany from constructing zeppelins, so to get around that restriction – and save the Zeppelin Company – Eckener proposed building an airship for the Americans as war reparations. The British, who had been bombed by zeppelins during the war, opposed the construction of a new German airship, but a compromise was reached under which the Zeppelin Company was allowed to build the ship as long as it was designed solely for civilian and not military purposes. And so the U.S. Navy’s ZR-3 Los Angeles was built as a passenger airship.
Flight of the Titan: The Story of the R34 is a (somewhat) recent book about the historic 1919 transatlantic crossing of the British airship R.34.
Although it was published a few years ago I have not yet read the book — my copy is now on the way — but knowledgeable friends speak highly of it. The only criticism I have heard relates to the publisher’s decision to use a photo of LZ-127 on the cover.
Please feel free to post your own thoughts and reviews of the book in the comments.
An interesting article on a scientific experiment carried out during R.100’s transatlantic crossing to Canada in 1930.
And it’s always flattering to be quoted by the BBC.
A newly published history of dining in the sky includes the era of passenger zeppelins.
Food in the Air and Space: The Surprising History of Food and Drink in the Skies discusses dining in the early DELAG airships as well as Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg, and even mentions the military airships of WWI.
I was pleased to help with the book in a small way and the author was kind enough to thank me in the acknowledgments.