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In 1910 a commercial zeppelin became the world’s first airliner. Ferdinand von Zeppelin, a German count, pioneered rigid airship development beginning in the late 19th century. Historian Edward E. Gordon will reveal how the United States and many European nations developed giant airships. By mid-1914 German Zeppelins had carried over 10,000 fee-paying passengers on over 1,500 flights! Even today modern Zeppelins are in limited service in the United States and Germany.
Presenter: Dr. Edward Gordon