Zeppelins are actually quite an impressive species of aeronautical engineering — you know, when they aren't on fire. That's especially true considering the level of technological prowess in the 1920's. Our friends at Oobject have assembled 12 shots of these magnificent air-borne cruisers before they ever lifted off.
Men atop giant fire ladders work on airship
The framework of LZ 129 'Hindenburg' under construction
Interior shot of airship trusses
USS Shenandoah (ZR-1) under construction - view of fuel tanks
Nose cone of the Hindenburg under construction
680ft Navy airship ZR-1under construction in 1922-23 at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, New Jersey This was the first airpship to use helium rather than hydrogen.
Skeleton of Graf Zeppelin, Friedrichshafen, 1928
LZ-126 fuel tanks
LZ-126 tail view before linen covering
Looking along the axial gangway from the nose
Shenandoah under construction, Lakehurst, NJ in 1921
Britain's R 101 airship under construction at the Royal Airship Works, Cardington