Graf Zeppelin Statistics

Graf Zeppelin profile, showing rings, gas cells, and major elements.  (click all photos to enlarge)

Graf Zeppelin profile, showing rings, gas cells, and major elements. (click all photos to enlarge)

LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin statistics:

  • Length: 776 feet
  • Diameter: 100 feet
  • Gas capacity: 3,707,550 cubic feet (2,648,585 cu. hydrogen for lift, 1,059,435 cu. Blaugas for fuel)
  • Lift: 191,799 lbs
  • Speed: 80 MPH
  • Main Powerplant: 5 Maybach VL-2 12-cylinder engines (550 HP Takeoff, 450 HP Cruise)
  • Crew: 36 officers and crew
  • Passengers: 20 sleeping berths
  • First flight: September 18, 1928
  • Final flight: June 18, 1937
  • Total flight hours: 17,177
  • Total flights: 590
  • Total people carried: 34,000
  • Paying passengers carried: 13,110

The size and shape of LZ-127 was not ideal aerodynamically, structurally, or economically, but it was the best that could be achieved within the limitations of the hangar at Friedrichshafen.

Relative sizes of LZ-11 Viktoria Luise, LZ-120 Bodensee, LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin. and LZ-129 Hindenburg

Relative sizes of LZ-11 Viktoria Luise, LZ-120 Bodensee, LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin. and LZ-129 Hindenburg

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