On 16 November 1935, the German Navy ordered the construction of an aircraft carrier which was named Graf Zeppelin, in honor of Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin, the inventor of the lighter-than-air-ship. The most famous Zeppelin was the Hindenburg which exploded in New Jersey as she was mooring on 6 May 1937.
The aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin was launched on 8 December 1938. The ship never became operational and ended up being used for storage by the German Navy. She ended up in Stettin, a German seaport on the Baltic. In April 1945, when the Soviets were closing in on the city, the carrier was scuttled by the Germans.