Strasser class, TL-5 Rigid Airship

A pair of Strasser class airships on early morning patrol

The Strasser is representative of the airships once used in war on Terra. They initially had several advantages over aircraft of the period: Their range, payload capacity and most importantly they were able to operate at altitudes that keep them safe from ground fire and enemy aircraft. However with time aircraft were designed that were able to reach to higher altitudes faster allowing them to exploit the airships' biggest weakness, the inflammable hydrogen use to lift the airships.

Dimensions: 165m length, 19.1m diameter
Tech Level: 5
Overall Volume: 44,050m3
Overall Mass/Useful Lift: 49,720/25,000kg
Engines: 4 x 9.56KN TL-5 Propeller+
Max Speed: 96kph
Fuel Capacity: 13,078kg/14.531m3 of Hydrocarbons distillates
Endurance: 53.3hours, 246kg/hour
Accommodations: Life support (Basic II), 11 Crew members (pilot, copilot, navigator, bombardier, 4 gunners, 2 flight engineers, radio operator)
Cruise Speed: 72kph
Electronics: TL-5 50km Radio, TL-5 Avionics (Gyrocompass, barometric altimeter)
Weapons: 4 Machineguns (Medium-5 from "Central Supply Catalog" with 6 reloads each) and a Bomb payload of 3,000kg
Cargo: None
Cost: 2.85MCr
Operator Skill: Airship
Ease of Use: +2
Quality: 5
Reliability: +1
Hazard: 0
Comments: If Helium is used instead of Hydrogen the Useful Lift is reduced from 25,000kg to 21,464kg, Bomb payload is reduced from 3,000kg to 2,500kg and fuel usage goes from 246kg/hour to 211kg/hour.

The class is named after Peter Strasser who commanded the German navy's airship program during the First World War. In August 1918 Strasser was killed along with the crew of L-70 in what would be the last raid against England of the war.

Designed with the Playtest version of Fire, Fusion & Steel for Marc Miller's Traveller

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by Chris Cox A.K.A.
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