1889 A navigable balloon was patented by Ferdinand von Zeppelin
But why should a chap from Vauxhall's car plant, in Ellesmere Port, be so interested in the Graf Zeppelin, which had been launched by Hella von Brandstein-Zeppelin, daughter of Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin
(1838-1917), designer of the airship?
The invention of Claude Dornier (1884-1969), who at early stages in his career worked as science adviser to Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin
and was ordered by same to construct his first flying boat during World War I, the Dornier Wal saw military service in Argentina, Chile, Columbia, Germany, Russia and six other countries (although it was Spain who was the first to recognise the Wal's military potential).
The venture could mark a comeback for Germany's Zeppelin company, founded by Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin
eight years after he flew the first zeppelin airship in 1900.
The airship was invented in the 19th Century by a young German army officer called Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin
. He argued his case for many years before the first airship lifted off the ground in 1900.