Hi! Navy Type 3 No.8 Airship.
Meiden flight 23/7/1929. Scrapped in 15/1/1932.
Length : 82.3m, Diameter : 15m, Gas room volume : 7500m3, Maximum speed : 108km/h, Range : 1800km.
Marked 60hour flight in 14-17/3/1931.
This is interesting , from article : " The Japanese Navy was still inspired by Germany's large Zeppelins. Dr. Hugo Eckener's successes. The trek from Frederickshafen to Tokyo of the "Graf Zeppelin" rekindled the country's enthusiasm. Japanese Naval officers visited the construction of Akron and Macon in America and viewed the construction of the Hindenburg Zeppelin. A German Air Ministry staff member went to Japan to discuss building airships for Japan.
In 1936, the Japanese Navy secretly backed the idea of the "Eastern Hemisphere Airways, Ltd". The company began soliciting funds and selling stock to obtain two Zeppelins to operate a trans-Pacific route to San Francisco from Tokyo. Without official government backing, the project failed. This was the final Japanese attempt.
In May 1937, the Hindenberg flight to Lakehurst, New Jersey ended the world's interest in LTA ".
A balloon regiment is one of a unit of the IJA.
This regiment was the only balloon unit of the IJA, and did not have regiment number. It's often generally learned that this unit transferred a balloon bomb to the time of Pacific War. Remains in a building in those days are left for Sakusabe, Inage-ku, Chiba-shi including a huge balloon hangar as a main historical site.