Zeppelin LZ 127 ‘˜Graf Zeppelin’, 1928: This was, by a large margin, the most successful and famous airship ever built. Her name and fame will always be associated with that of Hugo Eckener, mainspring of the Zeppelin organisation between the wars, who commanded her on many of her greatest flights, including across the North Atlantic, to South America (to which she operated a regular passenger service for five years), to the Middle East, the Arctic and around the tour in 1929, Arctic trip in 1931. Dismantled in 1940 upon order of Hermann Göring.
Royal Airship Works R101, 1929: R101 was one of a pair of British rigid airships completed in 1929 as part of a British government programme to develop civil airships to service long-distance routes in the British Empire. Designed and built by an Air Ministry-team it was in competition with the government-funded but privately designed R100. It was the world’s largest flying craft at 731 ft (223 m) in length and was not surpassed by another rigid airship until the Hindenburg. R 101’s design differed greatly from Zeppelin practice and incorporated deep main frames without radial wire bracing. Structurally heavy, she was also penalised by her five overweight and under-powered diesel engines. Her loss at Beauvais in northern France on a flight to India ended British airship development.