Count Ferdinard von Zeppelin, German airship maker, c 1900.
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Photograph from the official album of the Zeppelin Naval Airship Company, published in 1924. Zeppelin (1838-1917) launched the first Zeppelin LZ1 airship in July 1900 from a floating hangar on Lake Constance. The LZ 126 was sent to the United States as part of Germany's reparation agreement after World War One. It flew a record 8300 kilometres from Friedrichshafen in Germany to Lake Hurst in the US, between 12 and 15 October 1924, taking 81 hours and 17 minutes.