The LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin was one of the most majestic airships ever to appear in the skies above Maribor. This airship, which was the largest in the world at the time, flew over Maribor on July 12, 1931, on its way from Friedrichshafen to Vienna. The arrival of the Zeppelin was a sensation of the day, and people rushed out of their homes to see the air giant. The Zeppelin then headed northeast from Maribor towards Radgona.

The Zeppelin was a rigid airship, its main feature being a metal-covered rigid metal frame, composed of cross rings and longitudinal carriers, which contained numerous individual gas bags. The first Zeppelins had long cylindrical hulls with conical ends and complex multi-fin tails.

The inventor of the airships was Count Ferdinand Adolf August Heinrich von Zeppelin, a German inventor and aircraft manufacturer, born on July 8, 1838, in Konstanz near Lake Constance, and died in Germany on March 8, 1917. Zeppelin was the founder of the company Luftschiffbau Zeppelin and the inventor of the Zeppelin named after him.

The first Zeppelin flew in 1900 and was called LZ1. Of the last two large airships, LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin and LZ 129 Hindenburg, the Hindenburg caught fire and burned down just before landing in Lakehurst (New Jersey) after a passenger flight across the Atlantic in 1937, killing 35 passengers.