Hindenburg disaster – The end of the giant passenger airship in Lakehurst

In 1937, the Hindenburg departed from Frankfurt, Germany, on the evening of May 3, on the first of 10 round trips between Europe and the United States that were scheduled for its second year of commercial service.

The site of the Hindenburg Disaster / Image source

The Hindenburg disaster occurred on May 6, 1937, in Lakehurst, New Jersey. The passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg caught on fire and was destroyed during its attempt to dock with its mooring mast at Naval Air Station Lakehurst. There were 35 fatalities from the 97 people on board, and an additional fatality on the ground.

The publicity shattered public confidence in the giant, passenger-carrying rigid airship and marked the abrupt end of the airship era.

Hindenburg disaster sequence from the Pathé Newsreel, showing the bow nearing the ground

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