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LZ1 was the very first zeppelin created by Count zeppelin. The control scheme was very interesting. it was a metal weight recovered from the wreckage of Schwarz's aluminum ship of 1897, Count zeppelin used it in memory of his best friend. The weight was used to steer the zeppelin: When the giant rope was pulled up, the weight obviously went the other way, and the LZ1 was would go upward. This was the first fully controllable Airship. Following the airships success, the locals of germany gave count zeppelin money to further his research and make more airships. The LZ1 could only go 11 mph., and It was scrapped to make LZ2 and so on.
Zeppelin-lz1

If you look closely on the bottom of the airship, you will see a dot. that is a weight that controls the steering of the vehicle

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