A zeppelin is a type of rigid airship, using lighter-than-air gases. Originally pioneered by the German Count von Zeppelin in the late 1800s, zeppelins entered service as the first commercial airlines prior to World War I. Civilian zeppelins became more popular in the 1920s and the 1930s, including transatlantic passenger travel. Despite the sensational Hindenburg disaster, commercial and military zeppelin use continued.

Indiana Jones encountered and rode on several zeppelins during his adventures, including:

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In the real world, the Hindenberg disaster effectively killed the commercial passenger zeppelin industry, though in the world of Indiana Jones, zeppelin travel continued, and German zeppelins even started carrying planes, an innovation borrowed from US military airships, the USS Akron and USS Macon.[1]

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