The LZ 3 was the first really practical airship constructed by the Count. At last a large array of horizontal fins/elevators were added and they provided the necessary pitch control and stability. Not only that the LZ 3 also displayed definite improvements in power, speed, range, and payload. As a result longer and more reliable flights were achieved, included a flight of 8 hours in 1907.
The Prince Egon of Fürstenberg and the Kaiser Wilhelm II taking a look at the latest of Zeppelin marvels at the Donaueschingen castle. Both them, as an institution, and the Zeppelin airships had already their days numbered. A few more years for the Zeppelins granted, but only as testimonial survivors of their supporters’ stubbornness.