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1937: The Hindenburg suddenly explodes in Lakehurst, New Jersey. There is still wide speculation as to what caused the initial spark which ignited the hydrogen filled airship.
Named for the late president of Germany, Paul von Hindenburg, the D-LZ 129 Hindenberg was the largest derrigible or rigid airship ever built. It had made 17 successful trips the previous year. But on May 6, 1937, the hydrogen filled Hindenburg burst into flames while beginning landing procedures in Lakehurst , New Jersey.
Hindenburg Sets Record
In 1936, one short year before its demise, the Hindenburg set the record for the swiftest crossing of the North Atlantic ocean by a commercial air passenger aircraft.
Hindenburg Disaster - Onsite Coverage
Both newsreel cameras and a radio reporter using new, state-of-the-art recording equipment were on the scene to chronicle the airship's landing. The silent film footage, and radio report are combined bringing us one of the...
Hindenburg - Pathe News Reel
Before the age of television, newsreels were shown to movie audience just as this telling of the Hindenburg disaster was told by the Pathe company.
Hindenburg - Universal News Reel
This Universal Newsreel tells the anxious public the news of the Hindenburg Explosion in Lakehurst, New Jersey.
Hindenburg - News Reel - Survivors/Inquiry
In the aftermath of the Hindenburg explosion, survivors are cared for and transported to New York as officials await german investigators.
From the 1930s, highlights training facilities for lighter-than-air aircraft in the U.S. Air Service.
History of Hot Air Balloons
From the first balloon flight in 1783 to military dirigibles of the 20th century - the history and operation of hot air balloons are detailed.
Airship Akron Trials
This is a silent newsreel of Charles A. Lindbergh's transatlantic solo flight from New York to Paris. Lindbergh became an international hero.
Navy airship is meets its demise.
The sistership of the doomed airship Akron, the Macon begins flight tests.