Zeppelin LZ 18

The Zeppelin LZ 18 – Navy designation L 2 was a German military rigid airship. It was the second Zeppelin airship to be bought by the Imperial German Navy. It was first flown on 9 September 1913. On 17 October 1913 during a test flight it was destroyed by an explosion caused by escaped hydrogen being sucked into an engine compartment with the loss of all aboard. Six weeks before this disaster was the accidents of Navy’s L 1 and this two disasters deprived Navy to the suspension of the planned expansion program.

Picture of LZ 18 - L2
Picture of LZ 18 - L2
NameZeppelin LZ 18
Other Name(s)L 2, L2 Zeppelin
Construction NumberLZ 18
Tactical NumberingL 2
National OriginGermany
ManufacturerLuftschiffbau Zeppelin
First Flight9 September 1913
Number Built1
Primary User/Under Direction ofImperial German Navy
StatusDestroyed by explosion on 17 October 1913
Lenght157.94 m (518 ft 2 in)
Diameter16.61 m (54 ft 6 in)
Volume27,000 m3 (953,000 cu ft)
Empty Weight20,185 kg (44,500 lb)
Useful Lift11,100 kg (24,500 lb)
Powerplant4 × Maybach C-X six cylinder inline water-cooled piston engine., 123 kW (165 hp) each
Maximum Speed76 km/h; 41 kn (47 mph)