Theodor Kober
Theodore Kober was a twentieth century German
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 who contributed to the building of the first Zeppelin. As an engineer Kober had worked for a balloon
Balloon (aircraft)
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 manufacturer and in the 1890s Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin
Ferdinand von Zeppelin
Ferdinand Adolf Heinrich August Graf von Zeppelin was a German general and later aircraft manufacturer. He founded the Zeppelin Airship company...

 enlisted him to produce designs for his airship
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 concept. After several years he and Zeppelin produced the design for the Zeppelin LZ1. Later, in 1912 he founded the Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen
Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen
Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen GmbH was a German aircraft manufacturing company. It was founded in 1912 in Friedrichshafen, Germany by Theodor Kober who had previously worked for the Zeppelin company. The town, which was located by the Bodensee, was already famous in aviation circles as the place...

 GmbH with financial support from Zeppelin to build over 40% of the German Navy seaplanes during World War I
World War I
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