The Hindenburg caught fire on this day in 1937, while attempting to land at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey, USA.
What was the Hindenburg?
The Hindenburg was a German zeppelin airship that was built in the 1930s. It was the largest airship ever built and was used for commercial passenger service between Germany and the United States
What caused the Hindenburg to catch fire?
The exact cause of the Hindenburg fire is still unknown. However, it is believed that the fire was caused by a spark that ignited the hydrogen gas that was used to lift the airship. Thirty-six people died in the Hindenburg fire, including passengers, crew members, and one ground crew member. Most of the passengers and crew members survived the initial impact of the crash, but many were trapped inside the burning airship.
What was the impact of the Hindenburg disaster?
The Hindenburg disaster was a major tragedy that had a significant impact on the future of air travel. It led to the end of the era of the large commercial airships and the rise of the airplane as the primary mode of long-distance air travel.