Inside the superb structure of the Zeppelin Metal Clad-2.
The US. Navy ZMC-2 with its 752 flights (between 1929-1941) is the only really successfully operated metal-clad airship ever built. Apart of that deserved claim of fame, the “Tin Bubble” displayed some other very innovative featured; specially its pioneer Alclad construction and “sewed” assembly. Essentially a proof of concept model, the 200,000ft ZMC-2 proved to be, technically, a very effective design. Sadly it had no continuation due, mainly, to the Depression and also US. Navy’s rigid-airship lukewarm opinions.
Lovely rear view of the finely teardrop-shaped ZMC-2 with its cute small stabilizer fins. A beauty it was, through and through.