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The Zeppelins were used by the Germany government, both during and after the first World War. Similar craft were used by the military in Great Britain, France, Italy and the United States during and after the war. These ships were typically constructed around light weight metal skeletons (such as aluminum) and were usually powered by helium gas.

In contrast to the rigid airships were blimps. When Zeppelins and other rigid aircraft fell out of demand in the 1930s (in part due to the 1937 Hindenburg disaster), blimps continue in use today. However, instead of carrying mail, blimps are now more commonly known for carrying television equipment over sporting and entertainment events.

Read the short summary of Zeppelins

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>> Balloon Mail & 1930s U.S Zeppelin airmail stamps.

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