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The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
The German zeppelin Hindenburg
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The German zeppelin Hindenburg

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  • 1. August 8, 1936
  • 2. August 8, 1936
  • 3. May 6, 1937, just hours from disaster....
  • 4. May 6, 1937, 7:25 p.m. local time…
  • 5. The German zeppelin Hindenburg
  • 6. Finishing touches are applied to the A/S Hindenburg in the huge German construction hangar at Friedrichshafen. Workmen, dwarfed in comparison with the ship's huge tail surfaces, are chemically treating the fabric covering the huge hull.(San Diego Air & Space Museum)
  • 7. The steel skeleton of "LZ 129", the new German airship, under construction in Friedrichshafen. The airship would later be named after the late Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg, former President of Germany. (Deutsches Bundesarchiv/German Federal Archive)
  • 8. Airship Hindenburg under construction.
  • 9. Germany's new giant airship LZ-129 Hindenburg is shown in its final stages of construction in Friedrichshafen, Germany, on March 6, 1936. Piloted by Dr. Hugo Eckener, the new zeppelin was given two successful test flights on March 4 and 5. The Hindenburg, named after the president who appointed Hitler as Chancellor, is twice the size of the Graf Zeppelin to reflect the surpassing ability of the Third Reich. (AP Photo)
  • 10. Control gondola and ground crew of Hindenburg.
  • 11. Hindenburg Control Room (Ludwig Felber at helm, possibly Knut Eckener to his right).
  • 12. Hindenburg Control Room
  • 13. Hindenburg's Elevator Panel
  • 14. Ernst Lehmann with Navigation Radios
  • 15. Captain Ernst Lehmann (center), Captain Heinrich Bauer (right), and Watch Officer Knut Eckener (far right) in Hindenburg's Control Room
  • 16. A photograph of the dining room aboard the Hindenburg. (Deutsches Bundesarchiv/German Federal Archive)
  • 17. Passenger Cabin aboard Hindenburg
  • 18. Passengers in the dining room of the Hindenburg, in April of 1936. (OFF/AFP/Getty Images)
  • 19. Interior of the lounge aboard the Hindenburg, where passenger windows could be opened. (Nationaal Archief/Spaarnestad Photo)
  • 20. The fabric-covered walls in the main lounge aboard the zeppelin Hindenburg are decorated with a map of the world showing the routes of famous explorers, seen in this undated photograph.
  • 21. B Deck, Crew mess, with photographs of Hitler and Hindenburg
  • 22. Smoking Room aboard Hindenburg
  • 23. Hindenburg Bar
  • 24. Cocktails aboard the Hindenburg
  • 25. Hindenburg Radio Room
  • 26. Hindenburg Electrical Room
  • 27. A modern, electrically equipped kitchen aboard the Hindenburg provided for the passengers and crew, seen in this undated photograph.(AP Photo)
  • 28. Cargo storage along Hindenburg's keel
  • 29. View from A Deck windows off the coast of Spain
  • 30. The Hindenburg flies over the Boston Common in Boston, Massachusetts in 1936. Another small plane can also be seen at top right.(Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection)
  • 31. Spectators and ground crew surround the gondola of the Hindenburg as the lighter-than-air ship prepares to depart the U.S. Naval Station at Lakehurst, New Jersey, on May 11, 1936, on a return trip to Germany. (AP Photo)
  • 32. A U.S. Coast Guard plane escorts the Hindenburg to a landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey, on its inaugural flight between Freidrichshafen and Lakehurst in 1936. (US Coast Guard)
  • 33. The giant German zeppelin Hindenburg, in Lakehurst, New Jersey, in May of 1936. The Olympic rings on the side were promoting the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics. (OFF/AFP/Getty Images)
  • 34. The German zeppelin Hindenburg, displaying the German Nazi swastika symbol, is pulled to a nearby hangar in Lakehurst, N.J. on May 9, 1936. The Hindenburg landed at the U.S. Navy field after its record breaking flight for a lighter-than-air craft across the North Atlantic. (AP Photo)
  • 35. The Hindenburg dumps water to ensure a smoother landing in Lakehurst, New Jersey, on May 9, 1936. The airship made 17 round trips across the Atlantic Ocean in 1936, transporting 2,600 passengers in comfort at speeds up to 135 km/h (85 mph). The Zeppelin Company began constructing the Hindenburg in 1931, several years before Adolf Hitler's appointment as German Chancellor. For the 14 months it operated, the airship flew under the newly-changed German national flag, the swastika flag of the Nazi Party. (AP Photo)
  • 36. The German zeppelin Hindenburg, its nose hooked to a mooring mast, is guided into a U.S. Navy dirigible hangar in Lakehurst, NJ, May 9, 1936, after the first leg of 10 scheduled round trips between Germany and the U.S.(AP Photo/Joe Caneva)
  • 37. The Hindenburg trundles into the U.S. Navy hangar, its nose hooked to the mobile mooring tower, at Lakehurst, New Jersey, on May 9, 1936. The rigid airship had just set a record for its first north Atlantic crossing, the first leg of ten scheduled round trips between Germany and America. (AP Photo)
  • 38. The German-built zeppelin Hindenburg is shown from behind, with the Swastika symbol on its tail wing, as the dirigible is partially enclosed by its hangar at the U.S. Navy Air Station in Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 9, 1936. (AP Photo)
  • 39. The German zeppelin Hindenburg is safely moored at the U.S. Naval Station in Lakehurst, NJ, May 20, 1936, after arrival on its second round trip between Germany and the U.S. (AP Photo)
  • 40. Max Schmeling, German heavyweight, (indicated by arrow) as he arrive in his homeland on the Zeppelin Hindenburg fresh from his defeat of Joe Louis, American boxer on July 2, 1936. (AP Photo)
  • 41. The German-built zeppelin Hindenburg floats over Manhattan as pedestrians move along on Fifth Avenue at 42nd St., on Aug. 8, 1936. (AP Photo)
  • 42. The German-built zeppelin Hindenburg, right, floats over the Manhattan skyline on Aug. 8, 1936. The Empire State Building, measuring 1,250 feet in height, can be seen at left. (AP Photo)
  • 43. The Hindenburg floats past the Empire State Building over Manhattan on August 8, 1936, en route to Lakehurst, New Jersey, from Germany. (AP Photo)
  • 44. The Hindenburg floats over Manhattan Island in New York City on May 6, 1937, just hours from disaster in nearby New Jersey.(AP Photo)
  • 45. The German zeppelin Hindenburg flies over Manhattan on May 6, 1937. A few hours later, the ship burst into flames in an attempt to land at Lakehurst, N.J. (AP Photo)
  • 46. The German dirigible Hindenburg floats over New York City on the afternoon of May 6, 1937 as it heads for Lakehurst, N.J. to complete the 21st crossing from Germany to the United States. (AP Photo)
  • 47. The German dirigible Hindenburg, just before it crashed before landing at the U.S. Naval Station in Lakehurst, New Jersey, on May 6, 1937.(AP Photo)
  • 48. The German dirigible Hindenburg, with the swastika symbol visible on its tail wing, is shown just before it crashed upon landing at the U.S. Naval Station in Lakehurst, N.J., on May 6, 1937. (AP Photo)
  • 49. At approximately 7:25 p.m. local time, the German zeppelin Hindenburg burst into flames as it nosed toward the mooring post at the Naval Air Station in Lakehurst, New Jersey, on May 6, 1937. The airship was still some 200 feet above the ground.(AP Photo/Murray Becker)
  • 50. The Hindenburg quickly went up in flames -- less than a minute passed between the first signs of trouble and complete disaster. This image captures a moment between the second and third explosions before the airship hit the ground. (AP Photo)
  • 51. The Hindenburg zeppelin hits the ground after an explosion in mid-air destroyed the hydrogen-inflated German airship over Lakehurst, N.J., on May 6, 1937. The crew was preparing to land at the U.S. Naval base station when the explosion occured. Thirty six of the 97 persons on board were killed. (AP Photo/Murray Becker)
  • 52. As the lifting Hydrogen gas burned and escaped from the rear of the Hindenburg, the tail dropped to the ground, sending a burst of flame punching through the nose. Ground crew below scatter to flee the inferno. (AP Photo)
  • 53. A survivor flees the collapsing structure of the airship Hindenburg. (Note, the hand-retouching in this photo came from the original)(AP Photo)
  • 54. The wreckage of the Hindenburg in Lakehurst, New Jersey, on May 6, 1937. (AP Photo/Murray Becker)
  • 55. Clouds of smoke rise from the twisted metal frame of the German airship Hindenburg as rescue workers arrive to look for possible survivors.(AP Photo)
  • 56. Black smoke rises from the skeleton of the burning Hindenburg airship at Lakehurst, N.J., May 6, 1937. (AP Photo/Murray Becker)
  • 57. Major Hans Hugo Witt of the German Luftwaffe, who was severely burned in the Hindenburg disaster, is seen as he is transferred from Paul Kimball Hospital in Lakewood, New Jersey, to another area hospital, on May 7, 1937. (AP Photo)
  • 58. An unidentified woman survivor is led from the scene of the Hindenburg disaster at the U.S. Naval Station in Lakehurst, New Jersey, on May 6, 1937. (AP Photo/Murray Becker)
  • 59. Newsmen photograph an unidentified survivor of the German airship Hindenburg disaster as they are transferred from Paul Kimball Hospital in Lakewood, N.J. to other area hospitals, May 7, 1937. (AP Photo)
  • 60. Adolf Fisher, an injured mechanic from the German airship Hindenburg, is transferred from Paul Kimball Hospital in Lakewood, New Jersey, to an ambulance going to another area hospital, on May 7, 1937. (AP Photo)
  • 61. Ambulances line up to transfer hospitalized victims of the Hindenburg disaster to other area hospitals from Paul Kimball Hospital, Lakewood, N.J., May 7, 1937. (AP Photo)
  • 62. Members of the U.S. Navy Board of Inquiry inspect the wreckage of the German zeppelin Hindenburg on the field in New Jersey, on May 8, 1937. (AP Photo)
  • 63. Customs officers search through baggage items salvaged in the Hindenburg explosion in Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 6, 1937.(AP Photo)
  • 64. The remains of the wreckage of the German Zeppelin Hindenburg are removed from the U.S. Naval field in Lakehurst, N.J., on May 15, 1937. (AP Photo/Murray Becker)
  • 65. Two men inspect the twisted metal framework of the Hindenburg in New Jersey in May of 1937. (AP Photo)
  • 66. In New York City, funeral services for the 28 Germans who lost their lives in the Hindenburg disaster are held on the Hamburg-American pier, on May 11, 1937. About 10,000 members of German organizations lined the pier. (AP Photo/Anthony Camerano)
  • 67. German soldiers give the salute as they stand beside the casket of Capt. Ernest A. Lehmann, former commander of the zeppelin Hindenburg, during funeral services held on the Hamburg-American pier in New York City, on May 11, 1937. The swastika-draped caskets were placed on board the SS Hamburg for their return to Europe. (AP Photo/Anthony Camerano)
  • 68. cast The German zeppelin Hindenburg images credit www. Music Sarabande George Frideric Handel__Escala created o.e. thanks for watching
  • 69. The massive German airship caught fire while attempting to land near Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 35 people aboard, plus one ground crew member. Of the 97 passengers and crew members on board, 62 managed to survive. The horrifying incident was captured by reporters and photographers and replayed on radio broadcasts, in newsprint, and on newsreels. News of the disaster led to a public loss of confidence in airship travel, ending an era. The 245 m (803 f) Hindenburg used flammable hydrogen for lift, which incinerated the airship in a massive fireball, but the actual cause of the initial fire remains unknown.
  • 70. end

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