The airship revolutionized transatlantic travel with 17 safe roundtrips at speeds up to 85 mph
between Germany and Lake Hurst, New Jersey (NJ). A horrible disaster occurs in 1937, 200 ft in
the air while attempting to land in NJ. Fire occurrs killing 35 people on board, plus one ground
crew member. Of the 97 passengers and crew members on board, 62 managed to survive. News of the
disaster led to a public loss of confidence in airship travel, ending an era. The 803 ft Hindenburg
used flammable hydrogen for lift, which incinerated the airship in a massive fireball, but the actual
cause of the initial fire remains unknown. Following are images of its successful transatlantic travel
and of its tragic ending, many years ago.