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Compared to the aircraft of the day, Zeppelins were very long ranged, high flying, and slow but not excessively so. The payload was impressive, too. Top speed was close to 60 mph. Cruise speed was lower. Range was well over 700 miles. Some were closer to 7,000 miles. Ceiling was up to 20,000 feet. Fighter aircraft could and did intercept airships, but ...

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