Wednesday, June 20, 2012

75th Anniversary of the 1937 Hindenburg Disaster

From: Derick J.
Sent: June 20, 2012
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: Fw: 75th Anniversary of the 1937 Hindenburg Disaster
75th Anniversary of the 1937 Hindenburg Disaster When I was a child my grandparents would always talk about the Hindenburg disaster and each year would commemorate the occasion by reading old newspaper article and watching tv new reel clips. Anyway came across this site that has many new pictures not seen before. Please share link with others. Regards, Derick.
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"Last Sunday, May 6, marked the 75th anniversary of the 1937 Hindenburg disaster. The massive German airship caught fire while attempting to land near Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 35 people aboard, plus one ground crew member. Of the 97 passengers and crew members on board, 62 managed to survive. The horrifying incident was captured by
reporters and photographers and replayed on radio broadcasts, in newsprint, and on newsreels. News of the disaster led to a public loss of confidence in airship travel, ending an era. The 245 m (803 f) Hindenburg used flammable hydrogen for lift, which incinerated the airship in a massive fireball, but the actual cause of the initial fire remains unknown. Gathered here are images of the Hindenburg's first successful year of transatlantic travel, and of its tragic ending 75 years ago." Source.



The Hindenburg dumps water to ensure a smoother landing in Lakehurst, New Jersey, on May 9, 1936. The airship made 17 round trips across the Atlantic Ocean in 1936, transporting 2,600 passengers in comfort at speeds up to 135 km/h (85 mph). The Zeppelin Company began constructing the Hindenburg in 1931, several years before Adolf Hitler's appointment as German Chancellor. For the 14 months it operated, the airship flew under the newly-changed German national flag, the swastika flag of the Nazi Party. (AP Photo)
75th Anniversary of the 1937 Hindenburg Disaster

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