German Zeppelin Aircraft Carrier

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An LZ 201 Flugzeugträger deploying assault blimps and fighter planes into a combat zone in Turning Point: Fall of Liberty

The video game Turning Point: Fall of Liberty includes some pretty brutal aviation technologies on the part of Nazi Germany. We looked at a possible future for the Messerschmitt jet fighter a few days ago. Today, an even more impressive feature of imagined German engineering: a zeppelin aircraft carrier.

Development on the LZ 201 Flugzeugträger was supposed to have started in the winter of 1939 and, according to the game, was first deployed in 1952, a year before the Nazi invasion of America.

The LZ 201 is the largest airship in the Luftwaffe‘s arsenal and able to launch smaller aircraft from its runways. Moreover, it can deploy more than two thousand troops as well as tanks. Typically accompanied by Horten flying wings, it is a fearsome weapon indeed, somewhat reminiscent of Red Alert‘s Kirov airship.

In reality, the LZ 130 Graf Zeppelin II was the last great German rigid airship built by the Zeppelin Luftschiffbau company. Airships were used extensively for reconnaissance missions and bombardment in World War I but didn’t see action in the second war. The 1937 Hindenburg disaster at Lakehurst, New Jersey had ended the golden age of zeppelins.

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