Zeppelin Hindenburg: the disaster of May 6, 1937

Zeppelin Hindenburg: the disaster of May 6, 1937

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ZepellinHindenburg, 245 m long, was one of the largest airships ever built. Filled with hydrogen, an extremely flammable gas, it was making its tenth crossing of the Atlantic when it exploded as it approached its mooring mast in Lakehurst, New Jersey, on May 6, 1937. This accident was attributed to a discharge of static electricity, although the hypothesis of sabotage was considered. This disaster was a blow to the image of the Nazi regime and brutally ended the reign of airships in air transport for the benefit of aviation.

The explosion of the Hindenburg ...

The famous Hindenburg airship, built in Germany by the Zepellin firm, was the largest airship ever built and the pride of the Nazi regime. At 245 meters long, it contained 190 million liters of hydrogen. Carrying sixty passengers and as many crew members, she made ten transatlantic crossings in regular commercial service. On May 6, 1937, he arrived in Lakehurst, New Jersey. At the start of the evening, and under the eyes of photographers, the majestic LZ 129 airshipHindenburg, the largest in the world, ends its transatlantic journey, which began 3 days earlier in Frankfurt. The mooring procedure, which was delayed for a long time by a thunderstorm, was carried out with eagerness by a crew under pressure ...

While on land we are busy bringing the machine to the ground, the Hindenburg suddenly catches fire. In just a few seconds he is devoured by flames that nothing seems to be able to stop. Under the eyes of the cameras, the giant of the air transformed into a torch crashes to the ground. In less than a minute, the pride of the Nazi regime has just been destroyed and with it 36 ​​people (out of 97 passengers) perish.

... sign the end of an era

This extremely spectacular event and which was the subject of significant media coverage for the time (especially on the radio with the famous report by Herbert Morrison, present during the events), contributed to a large extent to the end of the commercial operation of rigid airships. The Lakehurst disaster has since been the subject of much literature, with debate still raging over its causes.

Did the Hindenburg catch fire from the hydrogen it was using, or was it the paint covering its shell that was flammable? Have we sabotaged what was one of the symbols of Nazi technological propaganda? Be that as it may, in many ways this disaster marked for many the end of an era, and a turning point in the history of air transport.

For further

- Zeppelin or the incredible story of giant airships, by Gérard A. Jaeger. The Archipelago, 2016.

Video: Hindenburg Disaster: Real Zeppelin Explosion Footage 6 May,1937. Colorize


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