Germany 1930 Graf Zeppelin airship badge, silvered bronze badge; Germany-Switzerland, Bazel flight; rare type in great condition, considering the age.
Rare original pre-World War 2 badge commemorating the 1930 Germany-Switzerland flight of the legendary German rigid airship Graf Zeppelin. The badge is about 45.6 mm by 28.5 mm, silvered bronze, pin suspension; about 18.25 grams. Very hard to find original pre-WW2 German airship badge nowadays; don’t miss your chance to add it to your collection!
More about airship Graf Zeppelin is provides on this dedicated Wikipedia page; this airship was the last flying giant in its class and probably the most famous blimp of all times. German designation for this famous airship was LZ127; she became the most recognized airship in the world after she completed the first intercontinental flight in 1928 and the first around-the-world airship flight in 1929. Graf Zeppelin and its sister ship LZ129 Hindenburg had implemented innovative designs and were designated for carrying a large number of passengers and cargo over long distances. The passengers aboard Graf Zeppelin airship traveled in unparalleled luxury and comfort, enjoying their meals in the full-size dining room with dishes served on fine “ivory” china trimmed with 24K gold – see the actual photo of the ship’s interior dining area attached, courtesy of Wikipedia.
One of the largest airships of the time, Graf Zeppelin had a crew of 36 (!!) men. Here are a few basic facts about LZ127: ship’s length – 776 feet/236.53 meters; ship’s diameter: 100 feet/30.48 meters; gas volume (Hydrogen): 3,700,000 cu. feet/111,000 cu. meters; propulsion: five 550 hp Maybach engines; maximum speed: 80 mph / 128 km/hr. The most successful commercial airship ever built, Graf Zeppelin flew more than a 1,000,000 miles on 590 flights, carrying well over 34,000 passengers without a single injury. Sadly, the Nazis cut up Graf Zeppelin along with the rest of the German rigid airships in 1940 – quality aluminum was needed for the Luftwaffe’s war machines…
This original Germany 1930 Graf Zeppelin airship badge is in 100% original “as is” condition – not cleaned or tampered with; these are the actual photos. Don’t forget to check out our Vintage Collectables section for other aviation-related listings, including several other Graf Zeppelin items.
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