Today is the Birthday of Graf Zeppelin the Man & Graf Zeppelin the Airship

Today is the birthday of both Graf Zeppelin the man and Graf Zeppelin the airship.

Ferdinand Adolf August Heinrich Graf von Zeppelin — better known in English as Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin — was born on July 8, 1838.

The first airship to bear his name — LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin — was christened by his daughter, Countess Helene von Brandenstein-Zeppelin, on July 8, 1928.
















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Remarkable to consider that the LZ-127 had no heat, only one public area (a 20′ by 20′ room with four windows) and a shared washroom. Yet she was the most successful passenger airship in history, which would have been easily eclipsed by the far more comfortable and larger Hinderburg class… Read more »