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The word dirigible means "steerable", but is used most often to refer to a steerable, rigid, lighter than air motorized craft, such as the ill-fated Hindenburg.

Dirigibles should not be confused with balloons which are non-rigid.

The most famous make of dirigible is the Zeppelin, so named because it was designed by pioneer airship designer Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin (B Kostantz, Baden, Germany April 8, 1838 - D March 8, 1917)

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