So I’m doing some digging into rigid airships. Specifically how much they could carry around. Because I’m not an aerospace engineer and, well, just an idiot, there’s some termology I’m not getting. I get terms like “lift capacity” and “payload”. I know what payload is, but lift capacity is the one that confuses me, and it doesn’t help that they use the same measurements, as per the wikipedia page fore the LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin: “The Graf Zeppelin had a total lift capacity of 87,000 kg (192,000 lb) with a usable payload of 15,000 kg (33,000 lb) on a 10,000 km (6,200 mi; 5,400 nmi) flight.” When I hear the word “lift” with anything that flies, I think of the force that allows said anything to fly. If it the same thing here? I remember hearing old airships weren’t capable of carrying much, but nearly 200K Ibs sounds awesome, actually. So what the hell is lift capacity and payload, considering I clearly don’t know?