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Build Number LZ80 left the Friedrichshafen N° 2 Shed for her first flight on 12 October 1916 and on the 18th she was commissioned as German Navy Airship N° L35.
As built she was almost identical to L30, namesake of the Navy L30 Class and the first of the Zeppelin R Types nicknamed "Super Zeppelins" by British Intelligence, with a gas volume of 55,200 m³ (1,949,600 cu ft) and six engines operating six propellers. However, by the end of 1916 it had been shown that to be able to escape aeroplane attack, Zeppelins had to be able to fly as high as 6,000 meters (20,000ft), significantly more than the then current operational maximums of around 3,600 meters (12,000ft.) Significant modifications to reduce weight on R Types already in service started in February 1917 and by June, L35 had had her three-engine rear car and outrigger propellers replaced by a streamlined two-engine (driving one propeller) car. Her mid-ships engine cars were raised and fitted with reversing gear and her hull-top machine guns were removed. She retained her original forward control car. With all of these changes L35 achieved heights of around 5,600 meters (18,400ft, 3 1/2 miles up!)
The large tail guard/skid prominant on the original R Types was removed, probably when accident damage had to be repaired. She also received the black paint job where a large mid sectiion at the top of the hull was left uncoloured and un-doped to allow for gas escape. There was a "splatter" finish transition from undoped to black, not the straight line effect seen on most "height climbers".
L35 had a long career with 54 flights up until September 25th 1917, after which she was assigned to experimental duties. These included trialing the new Maybech "altitude motors" and testing the principal of carrying fighter planes (Albatross DIII) and Siemens wire controlled glider bombs. In this role she made a further 34 flights and was finally broken up on November 15th 1918.
There is a 2mm nominal diameter hole in the bottom of the hull for a support stand.
All production data and operational history taken from "The Zeppelin in Combat" by Douglas H Robinson. Translated into German with additional photos and diagrams as "Deutsche Marine-Lufftshiffe 1912-1918".