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Definition: Hindenburg from Dictionary of Energy

History. a German dirigible that was the largest aircraft ever to fly, at more than 800 ft long and 135 ft in diameter. After making several transatlantic trips, it caught fire in 1937 while making a landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey. Thirty-five people were killed and this tragedy effectively ended the use of airships for passenger transportation.


Summary Article: Hindenburg disaster
from Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

The Hindenburg in flames at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, New Jersey, May 6, 1937. Credit:U.S. Navy photo

Explosion of the dirigible Hindenburg, the largest rigid airship ever constructed. Launched in 1936 in Germany, it started the first commercial air service across the North Atlantic and made 10 successful round trips. On May 6, 1937, as it was landing in Lakehurst, N.J., U.S., its hydrogen gas burst into flames, destroying the airship and killing 36 of the 97 persons aboard. The disaster, recorded on film and phonograph disk, effectively ended the use of rigid airships in commercial transportation.

Name: Hindenburg disaster or Hindenburg disaster

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