Todays patent is Schleinitz’ only U.S. patent.
"It is to be assumed that the cars, adapted to receive the
air-ship, are rotatable in the known manner on a turntable,
which latter is provided with an extensible pivoted support
for the anchoring cable. This support is adapted to prevent the
head of the airship from being pressed on the ground by the
wind, and also for the purpose of bringing the airship to the
correct level so that it can be fastened upon the cars. The cars,
adapted to receive the airship, are provided with separate
supports for the airship, which supports are so arranged that
they can easily be adjusted or turned so that while the airship
is descending no projecting parts would be likely to cause
damage. These supports mounted on the cars, carry beds or
girths composed of sail-cloth or the like, into which the airship
is pulled. The anchoring is effected, and the supports,as also
the sail-cloth beds, are retained in the raised position by means
of tension wires or cables.”
NOTE: This is one of the earliest patents proposing a nose mooring
fitting for a rigid airship. Both German manufacturers had avoided
mooring-out systems, essentially walking their ships in and out of
the hangars, where they were slung from the overhead.
N.B.The patent doesn’t indicate that the slings are capable of
supporting the entire weight of the ship when there is no lifting gas.
This patent is cited by three US and one international patent:
5,431,359 Docking system for a lighter-than-air vehicle,
5,497,962 Mooring tower assembly for a lighter-than-air vehicle,
6,792,872 Balloon car and aerial trolley system, and
WO 1995026903 A docking system for a lighter-than-air vehicle.