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Ferdinand von Zeppelin 1838-1917 Born in Konstanz Baden Count von Zeppelin joined the Army at 16 and earned his commission by the time he was 20 Five years later as a military observer for the King of Wrttemburg he traveled with the Union Army during the American Civil War It was in that service that the young count had gone aloft in military observation balloons During Zeppelins military career he fought in the Seven-Weeks War 1866 and the Franco-Prussian War 1870-71 serving in the armies of Wrttemburg Prussia and Imperial Germany In 1890 Zeppelin retired from military service as a brigadier of cavalry but the 52 year old count was not ready to retire completely He had been nursing a dream since 1874 of giant flying ships He became a tireless champion of lighter-than-air aircraft By the late 1800s people were attaching motors and propellers to balloons in order to travel at will Makers of engine-powered lighter-than-air crafts quickly encountered a technological ceiling Lifting more powerful engines and heavier loads required a much larger gas envelope To attain any speed faster than a crawl the larger envelope had to be fashioned into sleek aerodynamic shape with small frontal area These long thin sausage shapes tended to be highly unstable Slight changes in the crafts center of gravity could cause the larger volumes of hydrogen to shift wildly with sometimes with tragic results Zeppelins design broke the technological barrier and made his name a synonym for the airship His solution contained the hydrogen in separate cells all within a long thin light-weight metal frame covered with stretched fabric His first rigid airship the Luftshiff Zeppelin 1 made its initial flight in July 1900 While not perfect the LZ 1 impressed some people with the potential of airships Many remained skeptics Despite numerous setbacks and outright disasters Count von Zeppelin persevered his persistence and determination transformed him into a national
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