From theology to airship construction.
It was 10 August 1888. At that time Friedrich Wölfert had already invested a considerable amount in his dream of a steerable airship: both in terms of working time and financially. That left him almost penniless and dependent on the immediate success of his invention. Wölfert had always aimed for higher things. Originally a student of theology and now the publisher of a weekly journal, in 1879 Wölfert’s attention was drawn to Georg Baumgarten’s air balloon test flights.
The two of them pooled their resources. The result was the hand-cranked predecessor of the later “Bodensee” (Lake Constance) airship. The airship which was to make history.