Blimp versus Zeppelin

What is the Difference Between a Blimp and a Zeppelin?


When to Use Blimp

Blimp is a noun. A blimp is a type of aircraft<. If you are a football fan, you have probably noticed the Goodyear blimp either on TV or in person at a game.

Blimps are basically large, contoured balloons with fins and an engine. When inflated, they are lighter than air, which allows them to float and be steered by the engine.

Here are a few examples of blimp in a sentence,

  • We saw the Goodyear blimp at a football game and wondered how much fuel it took to keep it in the air for several hours at a time.

  • When Arthur became a millionaire, he tried to order his own personal blimp, but settled for a Learjet instead when he realized how slowly blimps move.

    When to Use Zeppelin

    Zeppelin is another noun. A zeppelin is also an aircraft.

    A zeppelin is like a blimp, save one crucial difference: while blimps are basically giant balloons, zeppelins have an internal metal framework that maintains its shape even when not filled with gasses. This makes them able to withstand harsher weather conditions than blimps.

    Summary

    Is it zeppelin or blimp? Blimps and zeppelins are means of air transport.

    Blimps are contoured, inflatable balloons.
    Zeppelins have a rigid internal framework.

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