Airship People

Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin

Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin

Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin (Ferdinand Adolf August Heinrich Graf von Zeppelin) was born on July 8, 1838 on an island in the Bodensee (Lake Constance)....
Ludwig Dürr

Ludwig Dürr

Ludwig Dürr was the chief designer of all airships built by the Zeppelin Company with the sole exception of the very first zeppelin, LZ-1, which...
Rosendahl Portrait

Charles Rosendahl

Charles E. Rosendahl was the leading figure in America’s rigid airship program.  He was one of the most experienced airship aviators in the United States,...
Dr. Hugo Eckener (photo: Library of Congress)

Hugo Eckener

Airship pioneer Hugo Eckener was an early associate of Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, and earned worldwide fame as a zeppelin commander and tireless advocate for...
Zeppelin captain Ernst Lehmann

Ernst Lehmann

Ernst Lehmann was born on May 12, 1886 at Ludwigshafen am Rhein, a town on the Rhine river directly across from Mannheim, and close to...
Max Pruss

Max Pruss

Max Pruss was the captain of the Hindenburg when it crashed at Lakehurst, New Jersey on May 6, 1937. Captain Pruss received his airship training...
Clara Adams and Amelia Earhart

Clara Adams

Clara Adams is little remembered today but she was well known as a pioneer of commercial aviation during the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s — and...
Lady Grace Drummond-Hay aboad Graf Zeppelin

Lady Grace Drummond-Hay

Lady Grace Hay Drummond-Hay was closely associated with zeppelin travel aboard the Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg. Born Grace Marguerite Lethbridge, she was the widow of...
Zachary Lansdowne arriving in Mineola, NY on R-34.  July 6, 1919.

Zachary Lansdowne

Lt. Cdr. Zachary Lansdowne (December 1, 1888 – September 3, 1925) was a 1909 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and one of the...