*** The Hindenburg Disaster ***

The German Airship Crashes in a Fire Ball in 1937.

Flying over Manhattan in 1937. Germany is under Nazi control.

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.

Music: Moonlight Sonata - Ludwig von Beethoven - sad music for a sad ending of the Airship travel era.

Chemically treating fabric covering in hanger.

Dining in comfort.

Viewing the scenes, windows can be opened.

U.S. Coast Guard Plane escorts Airship To NJ landing area.

Landed and moored.

Mooring device is on tracks and can move airship in and out of hanger for service.

Airship floats passed Empire State Building on way to NJ.

Floating passed Manhattan shortly before disaster occurs.

Disaster begins when the airship burst into flames 200 ft over the ground.

In spite of the horror shown here, of the 97 on board 62 managed to survive. 35 were killed in the disaster.

Mourning and respecting the 35 dead.

Heil Hitler! The German salute - By the summer of 1933, the Nazis' first year in power, all civil servants were required
to use it in person, when encountering each other, or on paper, where the words "Heil Hitler!" replaced the conventional
"sincerely" and similar signing-off formulae.

The remains of the Hindenburg Airship.

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