Ferdinand von Zeppelin

Inventor of the Zeppelin Ferdinand von Zeppelin Full Name: Ferdinand von Zeppelin
Nationality: German

Profession: Inventor of the Zeppelin
Why Famous: A German general and inventor, who founded the Zeppelin airship company.

Zeppelin's invention of rigid dirigibles, aircraft which are lighter than air, led to the first flight of a Zeppelin airship, LZ 1 in 1900 which he designed.

Later airships designed and built by Zeppelin confirmed the viability of the airship concept and ultimately ushered in the age of air transportation.

Born: July 8, 1838
Star Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Konstanz, Grand Duchy of Baden, Germany

Died: March 8, 1917 (aged 78)

Married Life

  • 1869-08-07 Inventor Ferdinand von Zeppelin (31) weds Isabella Freiin von Wolff from the house of Alt-Schwanenburg

Historical Events in the Life of Ferdinand von Zeppelin

  • 1889-03-14 German Ferdinand von Zeppelin patents his "Navigable Balloon"
  • 1900-07-02 First flight LZ-1, of a dirigible airship designed by Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin, at Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, Germany.
  • 1910-06-22 1st airship with passengers sets afloat-Zeppelin Deutscheland
  • 1911-05-16 Zeppelin "Deutscheland" wrecked at Dusseldorf

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