Zeppelin is a type of rigid airship in which the structure is supported by a framework usually made of aluminium. They are named after Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin who was a native of Germany. He served as army officer from 1855 to 1890. He made his first flight in a ‘lighter than air’ aircraft over Lake Constance on July 2nd 1900. Over 100 Zeppelins were used during World War I. However the widespread use of Zeppelins came to an end with Hindenburg Disaster in 1939.
Ferdinand von Zeppelin, designer and manufacturer of airships, was born in the year 1838 On This Day.