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 he helped build.
Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin made Dürr his chief designer when the Count’s first engineer, Hugo Kübler, who had designed LZ-1, refused to fly in the airship he had created. After Zeppelin was forced to dismantle his first ship and cease operations for lack of funds in 1900, Dürr was the sole employee who continued to work for Zeppelin, and he remained with the Zeppelin Company until 1945.
In addition to working as a designer, Dürr was also trained as an airship pilot, and he commanded the zeppelins LZ-5 (Z-II), LZ-6, and LZ-7 Deutschland.
In the very first ship he designed, LZ-2, Dürr made major and important engineering improvements, such as replacing the weak tubular girders of LZ-1, which had allowd the hull to twist and hog in flight, with triangular girders which provided the rigidity necessary for a successful airship.
Dürr was known for his conservative to approach to design, which was partly out of conviction, and partly because he recognized that his strength was in empirical design — learning from trial-and-error and previous experience — rather than a more theoretical or mathematical approach, which he left to others (such as Karl Arnstein for stress analysis, and Paul Jaray for aerodynamic design). But there is no doubt that Dürr’s commitment to using time-tested, tried-and-true designs resulted in strong, sturdy ships.
Ludwig Dürr was born on June 4, 1878, and died on January 1, 1956.
Just came across this video of the Santana Mile. The featured horse is Cat Burglar, but Dr. Durr leads all the way to victory. Sorry I can’t find more info on this Dr. Durr.
did ludwig door have children and grandchildren and does anyone know how i might contact any of them? thanks for assistance.
My name is Austin Anthony Duerr I’m the great great great grandson of Ludwig durr
According to John Toland the Count also kept on his night watchman!
Hi! I would like to know where Ludwig Durr grave is at. I Peter 5:7
Best thing to do is this – Rather than visit the grave of person you admire very much, why not look at why do you admire this person so much? Then when you have found out why you admire this person so much, develop those same things in yourself. You… Read more »
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How have you been doing lately? I just love your blog.
Thank you Dan for your reply. I greatly appreciate your replies. They make my day.
Jeff, Dan, pray for me that I may become poor in spirit.
Jeff: My response to I Peter 5:7; Matthew 7:25-34 With these respects to Ludwig DÃ¼rr: Psalm 126:5-6 (Note this is Psalm 125 in Douay Reims and the Eastern Orthodox Bible which use the Greek Psalter. The difference is in the division of the Psalms. Most Bibles we are familiar with… Read more »
did you find out? i would like to know also. let me know if you had any luck. thanks
I read in the Wikipedia article on Ludwig DÃ¼rr that there is a high trail in the Verwall Alps named after him, and I checked into this for more details. There is a trail system in Verwall region in Tyrol, Austria connecting several lodges (huts) that provide overnight accommodations for… Read more »