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The Hindenburg Airship D-LZ 129, Germany's Legendary Commercial Passenger Rigid Airship And History's Largest Airship, Elegant In Flight, Disastrous In Its Final Flight, As Seen From Its Glorious Genesis Through Its Brief But Glorious History To Its Plausible Anti-Nazi Sabotage, Narrated By Rip Torn And Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An MP4 Video Download Or Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD! (Color, 1996, 1 Hour 36 Minutes.)
Hindenburg (Luftschiff Zeppelin #129; Registration: D-LZ 129) was a German commercial passenger-carrying rigid airship, the lead ship of the Hindenburg class, the longest class of flying machine and the largest airship by envelope volume. It was designed and built by the Zeppelin Company (Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH) on the shores of Lake Constance in Friedrichshafen, Germany, and was operated by the German Zeppelin Airline Company (Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei). It was named after Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg, who was President of Germany from 1925 until his death in 1934. The airship flew from March 1936 until it was destroyed by fire 14 months later on May 6, 1937, while attempting to land at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Manchester Township, New Jersey, at the end of the first North American transatlantic journey of its second season of service. This was the last of the great airship disasters; it was preceded by the crashes of the British R38, the US airship Roma, the French Dixmude, the British R101, and the USS Akron.
May 6, 1937: The Hindenburg Disaster: The German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg burst into flames and was destroyed at 7:20 p.m. as it attempted to dock with its mooring mast at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Manchester Township, New Jersey, following a trans-Atlantic voyage. Of the 97 people on board (36 passengers and 61 crewmen), there were 35 fatalities (13 passengers and 22 crewmen). One worker on the ground was also killed, raising the final death toll to 36. The disaster was the subject of spectacular newsreel coverage, photographs, and the recorded radio eyewitness report from the landing field by Herbert Morrison, who broke down amid the emotional impact and exclaimed, "Oh, the humanity!", which was broadcast on radio the next day. A variety of hypotheses have been put forward for both the cause of ignition and the initial fuel for the ensuing fire. The event shattered public confidence in the giant, passenger-carrying rigid airship and marked the abrupt end of the airship era.