Born: 8 July 1838, Grand Duchy of Baden. near Konstanz, Germany.
Died: 8 March 1917, Berlin, Germany.
Ferdinand Adolf Heinrich August Graf von Zeppelin was born at Constance, 8 July 1838. Ferdinand von Zeppelin joined the army at the age of 20 and in 1863 fought in the American Civil War on the union side. Returning to Germany he saw active service in the wars of 1866 and 1870-1871.
Ferdinand von Zeppelin retired from the army in 1891 Ferdinand von Zeppelin devoted the re-mainder of his life to aeronautics. In 1899 he formed a company and built his first floating airship dock.
For some years Ferdinand von Zeppelin continued his airship construction until in 1966 Ferdinand von Zeppelin made a successful flight of 60 miles in 2 hours. The German government then came to his help and in 1908 his fourth airship passed the government's tests but was wrecked.
Ferdinand von Zeppelin died March 8th, 1917.
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