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Would you take a trip on a Zeppelin?

Zeppelin’s Airships: Engineering Design in Action

Ferdinand Adolf Heinrich August Graf von Zeppelin was an engineer whose self-named company made the first successful rigid airship. The path from his inspiration during a balloon trip in Minnesota in 1863 and the successful flight of Zeppelin LZ1 in 1900 is a great example of the engineering design process in action.