Fifty or sixty years following the Flying Frontiersman's "flight" as described above in the Autumn of 1771 using a flying machine based on a design by Leonardo Da Vinci circa 1490 AD, Count Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin, the inventor of the ultimate in lighter than air machines was born (1838-1917). Zeppelin made his first powered flight in southern Germany with his first Zeppelin, the LZ-1, on July 2, 1900.
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In comparison, the Wright brothers didn't make their first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft until December 17, 1903, two-and-a-half years after Zeppelin's maiden voyage.
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