Skip to main content Skip to Search Box

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

Keywords: Hindenburg disaster

Britannica Concise Encyclopedia. Copyright 1994-2017 Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc

Related Articles

Full text Article Hindenburg Disaster
Germany and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History

On May 6, 1937, the zeppelin LZ 129, christened Hindenburg, exploded over Lakehurst, New Jersey. The Hindenburg was the largest and last...

Full text Article Hindenburg Explosion
The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Thematic Encyclopedia

On May 6, 1937, the airship Hindenburg exploded and crashed in flames at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey. All 22 crew members and 13...

Full text Article wreck of the Hindenburg
The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

View of a uniformed guard watching over the skeletal remains of the German airship Hindenburg, Lakehurst, New Jersey, USA, 1937. It exploded in

See more from Credo