NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
1st July, 1900 : Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin’s airship today flew for the first time near Friedrichshafen. A small crowd of observers looked on as the huge airship, built in a floating hangar on Lake Constance, was wheeled out and its engines started up. It moved forwards, backwards and sideways, then rose to a height of about 12 feet before being returned to its hangar an hour and a half later. Count Zeppelin said he was well satisfied with the result. The Count made his first balloon ascent while serving with the Union Army during the American Civil War and has been working on airships since 1891.