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Ferdinand Adolf Heinrich August von Zeppelin (July 8, 1838 in Konstanz - March 8, 1917 in Berlin) was a German count , General of the Cavalry and founder of the Strarr airship building. Due to a series of accidents with his airships, he was popularly referred to as the fool of Lake Constance . However, an accident should have a lasting impact on history. Following an accident of his airship LZ 4 on August 5th, 1908 in Echterdingen near Stuttgart < a title = "#### 4 ####" href = "http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuttgart"> there was a great solidarity in the population, which resulted in the zeppelin donation of the German people and thus laid the basis for the Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH and the Zeppelin Foundation, which still exist today.