Hindenburg Disaster

Hindenburg Disaster

Hindenburg under construction
Dining room
Lounge, with the world map painted on the wall
Hindenburg on its first flight on March 4, 1936. The name of the airship was not yet painted on the hull.
The Hindenburg after its first flight to Rio in April 1936. Note the temporary repair of the lower fin after the accident at Die Deutschlandfahrt.
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Hindenburg Disaster Over 95% of the Hindenburg was empty space for her gasbags. The structure of the airship was 250 tons, compared to the Titanic, 46,000 tons. The entire passenger compartment was in the area of the little ridge just aft of the control gondola. She carried 7.5 million cubic feet of hydrogen.

84 years ago the German airship Hindenburg exploded when arriving at Lakehurst, New Jersey and these incredible photos were taken of her demise. 36 people were killed but incredibly 62 survived. The last survivor passed away in 2019 at the age of 90.

Hindenburg left Frankfurt with 97 souls on board; 62 survived the crash at Lakehurst, although many suffered serious injuries. Thirteen of the 36 passengers, and twenty-two of the 61 crew, died as a result of the crash, along with one member of the civilian landing party.

The fire spread so quickly — consuming the ship in less than a minute — that survival was largely a matter of where one happened to be located when the fire broke out…

1936. German passenger airship LZ-129 Hindenburg at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, New Jersey
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The LZ-129 Hindenburg, the famous Zeppelin, at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in 1936.

Witnesses saw a glowing aura emitted from parts of the ship. And a number of contemporary scientists point to Corona discharge. This is also known as St. Elmo’s fire.

Hindenburg Disaster