In their heyday the mighty transatlantic airships, the Graf Zeppelin and the Hindenburg, carried their wealthy passengers in a style and comfort only equalled by the big ocean liners. On average an airship crossing would take three days compared to a week by sea.
Completed in 1928, the LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin was arguably the world's most famous airship. Her first Atlantic flight had been that same year and in 1929 she flew around the world starting at Lakehurst, officially, and then stopping at Friedrichshafen, Tokyo and Los Angeles. All passenger flights ceased after the Hindenburg tragedy in 1937 and in 1940 the Graf was finally broken up on the orders of Hermann Goering.