Theodor Kober

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Theodor Kober (born February 13, 1865 in Stuttgart; died December 20, 1930 in Friedrichshafen)[1] was a twentieth-century German aviation engineer who contributed to the building of the first Zeppelin.[2]


As an engineer Kober had worked for a balloon manufacturer and in the 1890s Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin enlisted him to produce designs for his airship concept. After several years he and Zeppelin produced the design for the Zeppelin LZ1. Later, in 1912 he founded the Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen GmbH[1] with financial support from Zeppelin to build over 40% of the Imperial German Navy seaplanes during World War I.[3]


  1. ^ a b Luftschiffer (2004). "Kober". Pilot und Luftschiff. Retrieved November 1, 2008.
  2. ^ Hirschel, Ernst-Heinrich; Horst Prem; Gero Madelung (2004). Aeronautical Research in Germany: From Lilienthal Until Today. Springer. pp. 27–28. ISBN 3-540-40645-X.
  3. ^ "Zeppelins Flieger" (in German). Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen. 2006. Archived from the original on October 9, 2006. Retrieved November 1, 2008.