So Zeppelins are too vulnerable for military service in WW2. How about civilian use, e.g., as freighters and airliners? Or do the ease with which high winds and other weather conditions, render them more trouble than they're worth?
In that niche, dirigibles were totally outcompeted by airplanes.
The big area where dirigibles had an advantage was in water crossings, because they were much faster than even the fastest ships on the water. On land, they're really not
that much faster than passenger locomotives, except maybe over mountains where it's dangerous to operate an airship anyway.
But as soon as commercial airplanes that could carry a few tons of cargo, dirigibles stop making much sense. Something like a DC-3
is twice as fast as any dirigible, carrying damn near as much weight (compared to typical
dirigibles). And the DC-3 is much, much smaller and cheaper to operate.
Big record-setters like the Hindenburg
last longer, but even there, something like a Constellation
, which was possible by the early 1940s, would totally put them out of business.
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