U class ZEPPELIN

The U-class Zeppelin, along with the T and V classes, were the best exponent of the German technique in airships built during WWI. These classes were called “Height Climbers” because of their ability to reach enormous service heights. U-class was composed of five units, L-48, L-49, L-51, L-52 and L-54 of which, L-52 survived the war and was destroyed along with other airships in June, 1919, so they would not fall into the hands of German revolutionary forces inside Germany. These zeppelins were framed in the Airship Detachment of the Navy or “Marine-Luftschiff-Abteilung”, and carried out reconnaissance and bombing missions over England. U-class airships had excellent performance with a huge ceiling, grat range and a large load capacity of 2 ton of bombs.

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Country of origin

Germany

Builder

Luftschiffbau Zeppelin

Type

Airship

Entered service

1917

Crew

19

Dimensions (length x width x height)

196.50 x 24.00 (diameter) x 28.10 meters

Powerplant

5 x Maybach HS-Lu petrol engines, 240 hp each

Power, (total)

1,200 hp

Speed

106 km/h

Ceiling, (maximum)

6,000 meters

Range

6,610 n. miles (12,228 km)

Armament

5 x 7.92mm MGs – 2,018 kg bomb load

Production

5: LZ-95 – LZ-96 – LZ-97 – LZ-98 – LZ-99