Hindenburg Flight Schedule

A list of all flights of the airship Hindenburg, with dates, departures, and arrivals.

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1936 Flight Schedule

    1. March 4: Friedrichshafen-Friedrichshafen (3hr6min) [Test flight]
    2. March 5: Friedrichshafen-Friedrichshafen (8hr) [Test flight]
    3. March 6: Friedrichshafen-Friedrichshafen (3hr14min) [Test flight]
    4. March 17-March 18: Friedrichshafen-Friedrichshafen (22hr45min) [Test flight]
    5. March 18-March 18: Friedrichshafen-Friedrichshafen (7hr49min)
    6. March 23-March 23: Friedrichshafen-Löwental (6hr23min) [Test flight, Mail flight]
    7. March 26-March 26: Löwental-Löwental (3ht16min)
    8. March 26-March 29: Löwental-Löwental (74hr4min) [Propaganda flight, dropping pro-Hitler election leaflets]
    9. March 31-April 4: Löwental-Rio de Janeiro (100hr40min) [First South America flight]
    10. April 6-April 10: Rio de Janeiro-Löwental (103hr52min)
    11. May 4-May 4: Löwental-Frankfurt (7hr32min)
    12. May 6-May 9: Frankfurt-Lakehurst (61hr40min) [First flight to North America]
    13. May 12-May 14: Lakehurst-Frankfurt (49hr13min)
    14. May 17-May 20: Frankfurt-Lakehurst (78hr57min)
    15. May 21- May 23: Lakehurst-Frankfurt (48hr8min)
    16. May 25-May 29: Frankfurt-Rio de Janeiro (85hr13min)
    17. May 30-June 3: Rio de Janeiro-Frankfurt 93hr17min)
    18. June 5-June 5:  Frankfurt-Löwental (8hr19min)
    19. June 16-June 16: Löwental-Löwental (9hr4min) [(Krupp/Essen flight]
    20. June 18-June 18: Löwental-Frankfurt (3hr17min)
    21. June 18-June 18: Frankfurt-Frankfurt (11hr)(Rhineland flight)
    22. June 19-June 22: Frankfurt-Lakehurst (61hr30min)
    23. June 24-June 26: Lakehurst-Frankfurt ( 61hr5min) [Max Schmeling return]
    24. June 30-July 2: Frankfurt-Lakehurst (52hr49min)
    25. July 4-July 6: Lakehurst-Frankfurt (45hr39min)
    26. July 8-July 8: Frankfurt-Frankfurt (1hr26min)
    27. July 8-July 8: Frankfurt-Frankfurt (1hr)
    28. July 10-July 13: Frankfurt-Lakehurst (63hr27min)
    29. July 15-July 17: Lakehurst-Frankfurt (60hr58min)
    30. July 20-July 24: Frankfurt-Rio de Janeiro (85hr38min)
    31. July 25-July 29: Rio de Janeiro-Frankfurt (96hr35min)
    32. August 1-August 1: Frankfurt-Frankfurt (14hr) [Olympic Games flight]
    33. August 5-August 8: Frankfurt-Lakehurst (75hr56min) [Passenger description]
    34. August 10-August 11: Lakehurst-Frankfurt (43hr2min)
    35. August 17-August 19: Frankfurt-Lakehurst (90hr10 min)
    36. August 20-August 22: Lakehurst-Frankfurt (43hr49min)
    37. August 27-August 30: Frankfurt-Rio de Janeiro (88hr34min)
    38. September 4-September 8: Rio de Janeiro-Friedrichshafen (109hr55min)
    39. September 14-September 14: Friedrichshafen-Friedrichshafen (10hr53min) [Flight over 1936 Nazi Party Nuremberg Rally]
    40. September 16-September 16:  Friedrichshafen-Frankfurt (3hr6min)
    41. September 17-September 20: Frankfurt-Lakehurst (62hr54min)
    42. September 22-September 24: Lakehurst-Frankfurt (55hr36min)
    43. September 26-September 29: Frankfurt-Lakehurst (63hr14min)
    44. October 1-October 3: Lakehurst-Frankfurt (58hr2min)
    45. October 5-October 7: Frankfurt-Lakehurst (55hr35min)
    46. October 9-October 9:  Lakehurst-Lakehurst (10hr25min) ["Millionaires Flight"]
    47. October 10-October 12: Lakehurst-Frankfurt (52hr17min)
    48. October 21-October 25: Frankfurt-Rio de Janeiro (111hr41min)
    49. October29-October 30: Rio de Janeiro-Recife (21hr48min)
    50. October 30-November 2: Recife-Frankfurt (85hr20min)
    51. November 5-November 9: Frankfurt-Rio de Janeiro (97hr50min)
    52. November 12-November 16: Rio de Janeiro-Frankfurt (105hr57min)
    53. November 25-November 29: Frankfurt-Rio de Janeiro (94hr59min)
    54. November 30-December 1: Rio de Janeiro-Rio de Janeiro (26hr37min)
    55. December 3-December 4: Rio de Janeiro-Recife (22hr57min)
    56. December 4-December 7: Recife-Frankfurt (83hr34min)

 

Hindenburg's Flights to North America

Hindenburg’s Flights to North America (click to enlarge)

 

1937 Flight Schedule

57.  March 11-March 11: Frankfurt-Frankfurt (6hr17min)
58.  March 11- March 11: Frankfurt-Frankfurt (1hr14min)
59.  March 16-March 20:  Frankfurt-Rio de Janeiro (88hr48min)
60.  March 23-March 26: Rio de Janeiro-Frankfurt (97hr8min)
61.  April 27-April 27: Frankfurt-Frankfurt (6hr59min) [Udet flight/Rhineland]
62.  April 27-April 27: Frankfurt-Frankfurt (2hr23min) [Udet hook-on trial flight]
63.  May 3-May 6: Frankfurt-Lakehurst (77hr8min) [Hindenburg crash at Lakehurst]

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Ted Zicko October 15, 2014 at 7:26 pm

At the age of four I was playing in the parking lot of a movie theater located to the rear of my house. The low rumbling made me look up to see a large cylindrical,silver object flying so low that I could see the people, some hanging out over the side. On its tail was a large red ball with a black cross inside of it and some ropes hanging from the cab. The day was clear and sunny in Natick, Massachusetts,a town located about 20 miles west of Boston. In later years I could only presume that after leaving Natick it proceeded towards Providence, RI and later on to Lakehurst. A memory never to be forgotten.

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Danial Carroll September 2, 2014 at 6:20 am

I just just looking over this great list you’ve compiled and thought you’d like to know about a small typo: Flight #31 lists the dates as “July 25-July 19″, so unless it was equipped with a time-travel device, I would assume it was meant to be July 29 ;)

Thanks again for this wonderfully informative site!

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Dan Grossman September 20, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Thank you for the correction!

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Michael Duffy February 23, 2014 at 11:27 am

My Mother, Francois Godbout wrote and told me that she saw the Hindenburg fly overhead as a little girl near Quebec City. Her farther took her and her sister to the top of a hill to see it. They got dressed up for the occasion.
Michael Duffy

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Jan McNeil January 25, 2014 at 6:43 am

My mother’s uncle Dr Rudolph Benkendorff was the first head of the German Meteorological Service and was attached to the Luftwaffe during WWII. She often told me that he had flown on the Hindenburg and flew a return trip to the USA. I’ve seen onboard footage in the past and I think I spotted him on one piece of film but I can’t confirm it.

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john mc neil January 4, 2014 at 6:05 pm

I remember when I was young in glace bay cape Breton nova scotia,i was playing up by the coal mine in Caledonia.and I saw this huge air ship flying over the Caledonia district .and it was no higher than 1500 hundred feet high.i could not have been no older than 6or7 yrs old I am 84 yrs old now .just wondered if it could have the Hindenberg.i guess I,ll never know.but I,ts something I ,ll never forget.

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Tony Cormier February 22, 2014 at 4:04 pm

I too am 84 years old and was living in my home town, Amherst Nova Scotia, which is adjacent to the Tantramar Marshes between Nova Scotia & New Brunswick. One of the most vivid memories of my early childhood was that of playing on the street on an open hillside facing the marshes & on hearing a very loud humming sound, looking up & seeing this huge cigar-shaped silver object in the sky. The day was sunny & the sun’s reflection on the airship resulted in a spectacular display for a 6-7 year old. I distinctly recall the configuration of the tail display composed of a broad red horizontal banner with a large white circle with a cross-like object inside it (how the hell was I to know it was a swastica at that age). The memory is as vivid in my mind today as it was back then!! YES WE DID SEE THE HINDENBURG !!

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Connes November 3, 2013 at 11:06 am

I saw the Hindenburg flying over Dijon, France, certainly a unique event. I do not remember the date, but I find on the WIKIPEDIA article that when returning from South America in early april 36, the Hindenburg was permitted to fly over the Rhône Valley; Dijon is located some distance to the North.
Could anybody find the exact date?

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Dan February 9, 2014 at 10:42 am

Perhaps this may help: http://www.airships.net/hindenburg/flight-schedule

And PLEASE, do not rely on Wikipedia. It’s great for entertainment, but not so good for research. :-)

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Keith October 22, 2013 at 7:30 am

As a small child my mother clearly remembered seeing the Hindenburg at Barrow-in-Furness, UK in 1936. She said she was terrified by the size of the thing, and ran to get away from the shadow cast by it. Further research suggests that the date would have been 22 May 1936 and that the Hindenburg was involved in covert photo reconnaissance and intelligence gathering at the strategically important naval dockyards and engineering facilities in preparation for war in 1939. This was the same trip that a newly constructed Yorkshire reservoir was photographed and a floral wreath dropped near Keighley, Yorkshire to commemorate a German WW1 pilot that had died.

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alan popplewell October 17, 2013 at 7:19 am

Hi Dan
I,ve finally got round to checking out a childhood memory it looks possible that the airship I saw was the LZ129 1936
It stopped diagonally over Dresser Street in Hunslet Leeds West Yorkshire England it was a bright sunny day but when it arrived and put the whole place in shadow it
caused panic and consternation amongst some people but it’s a memory I’ll never forget Alan (21/09/1932) congrats on web site its fab

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L. J. "Lucky" Cuoco August 29, 2013 at 4:10 pm

As a child (5-6-7 old) I recall my Grandmother Rosa Cuoco urging me to step out
on the upstair (uncovered) outside porch and pointed to the sky! It was early 1936, clear sun shinny day. Never had I seend so large an airship so close in
my life time! Buffalo, New York in the late winter early spring. Was I dreaming
or did event really happen! Our home was only a few city blocks from the Buiffalo
City Hall. I was born 2/1/28 in the house on 66 Tracy Street. The location is now
a grassy knoll!

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Madge Thompson August 28, 2013 at 11:55 am

My 90 year old aunt just told me she saw the Hindenburg fly over her home in southwest GA (USA) in the 1930s. Could that be possible? If not, what airship would she have seen?

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Dan August 30, 2013 at 3:27 am

The Hindenburg never flew that far south, but it could have been a US Navy ship (perhaps USS Macon).

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Richard Altman May 14, 2014 at 11:07 pm

Since everyone has switched over to the sieger cat instead of the Michel eventhought it was put out ayr or so later than the Sieger. I can find the numbers okay not speaking german but how can I get the letter suffixes likea,b,c,Ba, and so forth as just one of the ones I have from the Olympic games with stamps 428 c is on 40 euro but the 428D is worth over 440 euros.I have checked everywhere online and can’t even find a zeppelin dealer that will help me and there are only a few even when I offer to pay. Please help me as I am sure there are plenty others with same problems as I look at auctions with wrong numbers on covers that even I know are wrong so the cat value will be higher but not truer. thx,richard

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Dave Williams August 23, 2013 at 4:40 am

I was recently given a box containing rolls of 35mm negatives. On one of the rolls of negatives are approximately 20 images of the Hindenburg inside and outside of its hanger during what appears to be one of the initial flights in 1936. I believe this to be the case because some of the images show the presence of high ranking officers and officials at the event, and this year is written on the box. I made some scans and took the collection to one of this year’s Antiques Roadshow venues. Ironically I did not even get a proper appraisal. Despite their rarity and obvious historical value, I was informed the negatives have little value because they are not photos. Also, I was asked to leave the event because of the extreme flamability of the cellulose nitrate composition of the film. That’s the extent of my experience with Hindenburg historica…

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Rod Macrae January 29, 2014 at 3:58 am

Dave, I am interested in airships and would love to know more about your 35mm negatives. Would you let me know if I can see the negs – or even help you print them?

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Lorraine Hynes Louanis August 17, 2013 at 11:22 pm

I saw the Hindenburg over my gradparents yard oo the Jersey Side, Placentia, NEWfoundland. I was six it was summer 1936. I do not know the date. She was stationary after crossing Mt. Pleasnt and the water then over the spruce treesand the narrow dirt road she lowered herself over the yard to a standstill.I could see one man who looked down. I could see swastikas red ones. Sister in school had told us about the twisted cross being used by early Christians and had shown us pictures. I think they were charting the coast they were there for a time and prceded in the direction of Argentia the WW2 base. I see Memorial University in 2012 was asking me formation another party said I was dead.

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Zoe Willis July 31, 2013 at 12:03 pm

My mother remembers the airship passing over Idle in 1936 traveling eastbound, can anyone narrow down the date when this route was flown?

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Scott Mauldin May 30, 2013 at 10:47 pm

I have two negatives of the Hindenburg, dated 1936, docked at Lakehurst N.J. and on its side are the Olympic rings. Can someone tell me the timeframe this could be.

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Dan June 8, 2013 at 7:50 pm

It depends on what you mean by “docked.” Is the ship in the hangar (which happened only twice in 1936) or on the mast?

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david helms September 11, 2013 at 3:15 pm

hi dan. can you find out which flight frances hubbbard springs was a passenger on in 1936? thanks for your help.

david

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Robert Talmadge May 7, 2013 at 10:27 pm

On another post I mentioned that I had seen the Hindenburg fly over our
house on Lexington Avenue, in Fair Haven section of New Haven, CT. I know
from the dates and times that it had to be the Airship Hindenburg and I was
7 years and 1 month old. As it passed over head, my father took photos of it
with his Brownie Camera. I do not know if I have a copy of that among my photos, but if I find one or obtain it from other family members, I would gladly
share it with you. Dad was never without a film load in his Brownie Box Camera
and I was always near at hand. I had always thought that the photo was of the
Hindenburg, but now, knowing that the Lakehurst episode was the only trip
by that airship in 1937, I am certain that the photo was taken on May 6, 1937
as it passed over our house….MGySgt…..USMC

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H.Clark April 8, 2013 at 12:45 am

Either 1936 or 1937, I saw the Hindenburg fly over the south Bronx, Crotona Park North to be exact, and heading west southwest toward New Jersey and on to Lakehurst, NJ. It was early afternoon.

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Adrian Backshall April 2, 2013 at 6:25 am

I have an old neighbour here in Eastbourne, Sussex. Bill is 98 and remembers cycling to Wannock tea gardens with his brother in 1936. As they sat there eating their Strawberry Tea, the Hindenburg flew over the Downs and he clearly saw the huge swastika on the tail. He says they could see people taking photographs.

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george pappageorge March 26, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Someone in the row near the windows saw an object in the sky drifting by. This was at the Rice Elementary School in Boston in 1937 and our 5th grade teacher was Miss Lynch. Some one asked permission if she would let us all get up and go to the windows and watch the Zeppelin float by and thankfully she did. The blimp was on its way to Lakehurst, N.J. and little did we know then that we were watching a bit of history drifting over our school.

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Dennis March 15, 2013 at 10:08 pm

My Mother remembered the Hindenburg flying over Rathlin Island. She was only 10 years old child at the time. Sadly she is now dead. But recently I talked to a local historian and he confirmed that it indeed fly over the North Antrim coast of Ireland. And that he had talked to a few locals who remembered it. On the mainland the first thing they noticed was the shadow that it cast. The sky went dark, and then the airship. It must have been quite a thing to see.

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Stephen March 1, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Hi All, my mother was born on the first of July 1928. She remembers an airship flying over her home farm in “the castle” Ballintoy (close to Rathlin in the earlier post) on the North Irish coast. It’s one of her earliest memories & she can’t be sure what age she was. We were talking about it just now & it was interesting to see this web site.

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Stu January 9, 2013 at 10:48 pm

My father remembers as a kid growing up in New Jersey, he was with his parents in a car, going south to the Jersey Shore on Route 9 (then the only major road south along the coast of NJ). He remembers it was the early evening, and ambulances were rushing by heading in the direction of Lakehurst. They didn’t know about the accident until they arrived at their destination. He also has a photograph somewhere of the USS Los Angeles flying over Paterson, NJ in the early 30′s.

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Tamara Utens June 25, 2013 at 5:25 pm

My father was in one of those ambulances. He was an Army medical doctor. He told me that he saw the airship flying around the day it crashed. Shortly after he entered a movie theater an usher told him to report to the air station. ( In those pre-pager days medical officers had to leave contact information when they were off-base.) By the time he arrived the injured had all been removed. After ascertaining his services were not needed my father climbed back on the ambulance in which he had written to the scene. The driver showed him items apparently looted from the dead or broken baggage and told him that others had done the same. My father told me he told the driver words to the effect that he didn’t want to hear or know anything about it.

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Edna Hannah November 27, 2012 at 9:54 pm

I don’t know what year it was, but I do know that I saw a Zepplin . My sister was confined to a wheelchair (one of the old-time high backed ones), I wasn’t able to see over the top of the the wheelchair but I was pushing her down the road at a prettry good clip and she was hanging on for dear life.

This was in Springhill, Nova Scotia and we were on North Street, almost to the intersection of Momument Hill and North Street. I was ready to turn back when I looked up and saw something in the sky coming right at me….or so I thought. Just then it turned toward the town and I could see the entire ship. It followed Momument Hill up to the town itself.

Since getting my computer, I have tried to find out the where, when, why and how of that sighting….but with no luck. All I know for sure is that I saw it…and I know it must have been in the 30′s.

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Darryll Walsh February 27, 2013 at 5:24 pm

My mother, who will turn 85 this year, lived at River Bourgeois, Richmond Co. Cape Breton, and remembers seeing the Hindenburg pass by. She doesn’t remember the date, but it had to be 36/37.

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Thomas L. Banks October 19, 2012 at 7:16 am

My brother, Roscoe, Sr., is 84 yrs old. He and I are collaborating on writing a children’s book. He contends that he saw the Hindenberg when he was around 6 or seven, in the spring of the year. He and his parents lived in Richmond, Virginia. It was about 9 am. when he heard the droning, ran out side and saw this unbeliveable immense thing (later in life he discovered what it was) moving very slowly northward. He watched it for an est. 5 minutes. Could the Hindenburg have ever flown over Richmond?

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Stu January 9, 2013 at 10:31 pm

The Hindenburg flew in America in 1936 and then only once in 1937. She didn’t fly too far from Lakehurst NJ except for the “Millionaire’s Flight” in 1936. Your brother who was 6 at the time in 1934, probably saw the USS Macon or the USS Los Angeles, two of the remaining US Navy airships still in service then.

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Tom September 19, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Is there a similar map showing the route (roughly) of the flights of the Hindenburg to and from Rio? I have a friend who says she saw the airship as a ten year old girl flying up the Indian River Lagoon on the east coast of Florida in 1936. She watched the last space shuttle departing Kennedy Space Center for its permanent display site in Los Angeles this morning and was struck by what a lot to experience in a lifetime. I’ll check local newspapers for the dates of the Rio flights to see if there are any reports, but the coverage of real news was spotty back then.

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Stu January 9, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Harold Dick’s book has maps showing the Rio flight route.

The LZ129 (as did the Graf) flew from Germany on her first South America flight going NE to the English Channel, then turning south along the Belgian coastline, past the Normandy coastline, then down to the NE tip of Portugal, and along the Iberian Penisula’s Atlantic coastline, departing SSE out to the Atlantic at Lisbon. She crossed the Canary Islands, then the Cape Verde Islands touching South America north of Bahai, Brazil. She flew along the coast to land at Rio.

The return leg was similar, except the LZ129 flew into the Med at Gibraltar and hugged the eastern coastline of Spain and crossed over southern France into Germany.

These routes were the commonly flown paths of both the Hindenburg and the Graf Zeppelin during their regular passenger service to Rio from Germany.

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Norman Whiteoak August 3, 2012 at 5:57 pm

l remember the airship (Hindenburg?) hovering over Keighley,Yorkshire and it dropped a wreath to be laid at Morton cemetary for the German military who were buried there, those who had been wounded and nursed in the, what ,l belive was later the isolation ,Fever hospital. l was at the Picture House cinema that night when the lights went up, at the interval and the Manager came on with the two Boy Scouts who had taken the wreath on to that cemetary. The grave is a large one with the statue of a German soldier over it, it can be seen from the bus which goes to Bradford.
l learned later that the airship was taking photographs of the area, Steaton which became a munition factory and Yeadon airfield. In fact l believe l have some of the maps from that date and l will try looking them up
Norman Whiteoak. 85 years (1/8/27)

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Gill July 31, 2012 at 6:28 am

I too saw the Hindenburg in Shipley. I was 17 months old!

As a grown-uip I related to my mother a “dream” I had had as a child, in which she and our au pair ran upstairs to a back window looking down towards the Aire Valley, and I saw a “tramcar” go by in the sky. It was the excitement of the adults which grabbed my attention. My mother told me it was in fact a Zeppelin. As a small child, and not knowing what to look for, I completely missed the large balloon above the gondola!

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Lorraine Hynes Louanis May 7, 2012 at 6:26 pm

I was 6 when I saw the Hindenburg over the yard of my grandparents house . She was stationary. The ship had come over the MT. Pleasant and proceeded over the Northeast Arm and proceeded over to the Jersey Side, Placentia. It passed over the spuce trees on the other side of the road accross from the house.The ship then lowered itself and stood still. It stayed there for a period of time. Then it went in the direction of Argentia that became a U. S. base in W.W. 11.

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stan Barnable June 3, 2012 at 6:32 pm

stan saw the HINDENBURG flying over Ferryland, Newfoundland we believe the same date as you. There is a lot of research going on now at Memorial University
Frances Barnable

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Michael Deal August 17, 2012 at 11:25 am

Hello Frances and Lorraine. I am part of the group at Memorial University that is collecting information on eye-witness reports of the Hindenburg over Newfoundland. We have a lot of information from St. John’s, and we are now starting to get some from other areas of the province. Can you tell me what date you saw the airship fly over? Do you remember seeing any markings on the airship (the swastikas, olympic rings or D-LZ129)?

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Carolyn Astgen January 31, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I have a postcard that flew on the Hindenberg. It has the postal stamp of the Hindenberg. I received it from my Aunt Frieda who lived in Weissbaden Germany.

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Paddy Collins May 6, 2012 at 4:29 am

My father now 86 remembers working in the fields in West Cork and looking up to see the Hindenburg fly over lived on a farm between Schull and ballydehob on the far south west coast looking out to the Fastnet rock. It was summer and he said that the Hindenburg was low enough that you read it’s name on the side. hHe cannot recall the date though. Is this possible? And if so which voyage would this have been?
thank you

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Pat Doonan January 20, 2013 at 10:47 am

Hi,

My father (now 84) also remembers seeing the Hindenberg in and around Skibereen and believes it was 1937.

Niall

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Frank Garniss May 1, 2012 at 10:14 pm

I was extremely pleased to learn that flight 23 was depicted as Max Schmeling return. This information inspired me to go thru my large collection of mail that was carried on these flights. Sure enough I found a Hindenburg picture post card flown on this flight and autographed by Max Schmeling.

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R. Hochleitner April 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I find no mention of São Paulo, Brazil in these Hindenburg schedules, yet, as a child of about four, I was very much impressed a huge airship flying directly over our house in that city, that could only have been the Hindenburg. An unscheduled side trip maybe?
Thank you so much for a wonderful series of articles!

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John October 31, 2013 at 4:05 pm

My mother-in-law remembers getting a tour of the Hindenburg while in São Paulo Brazil. Her older brother was able to provide access.

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bob April 17, 2012 at 4:22 pm

my dad told me a few times that he saw the hindenberg when he was 10 or 11, fly over thorne south yorkshire i would think it was sometime in 1936 he said it was massive and there was a large shadow cast by it and looking at the flights map route 4 westbound would suggest that to be correct

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ken green April 12, 2012 at 5:12 pm

My earliest memory is being taken into a garden in Chichester Sussex to see an airship passing over, it would have been 1936
could it have been the Hindenburg
Ken Green
Chichester

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Bert Rhodes March 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Wow I just discovered this website! I remember reading about a demo or VIP type of flight the Hindenberg made by making a short loop through upstate New York on one of it’s visits to the US? I think this was sometime in the late 30′s. Do you have any information about this? I was just a kid then but I remember seeing a dirigible in the vacinity of Corning, NY.

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Dan (Airships.net) March 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Bert March 7, 2012 at 11:16 am

Thank you for a link that fills in the details. Then it was indeed the Hindenburg that I saw. The date 1936 fits perfectly and there is no evidence that another airship, if any other were still flying by then, would have been in that part of the country. I remember well the phone ringing and my aunt shouting, “Look out the window” and there it was in the east, flying slowly to the north. A sight that has been imbeded in my memory ever since.

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Tim Howard January 4, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Dan,

I have a friend who swears, as a very young boy, saw the Hindenberg fly over Chillicothe, Missouri in 1936. I am skeptical unless it was on the 22 hr/45 min test flight #4. Could he be correct?

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Stu January 9, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Doubtful, unless Chillicothe, Missouri is close to Germany. The first flight to America was the 12th of the Hindenburgs first year and that was only from Germany to Lakehurst and back. Perhaps it was the USS Los Angeles, and I am not sure the Navy was flying her in 1936.

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Richard Cole December 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I vividly remember my mother holding me at our open window in Stepney London to see a large Airship flying very low over our roof tops it may have been the R101 which passed over London on in October 1930, as I had only just turned one year old then I find it hard to think I could remember this at that age so can you tell me if another Airship would have flew low over London after the R101 I could not have been more than two or three years old so the date would have to be between 1930 and 1932

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james October 15, 2013 at 7:57 am

Richard,

I have just spoken to a 94yr old lady who lived in Stepney in the 1930′s, she to recalled the Airship flying over the local church as she look out from her house. She also recalled the R101. I was amazed by this recollection and thought I would search the net to find out more and then I came across your feed. Fantastic.

Regards
James

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rossana November 14, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Gostaria de saber onde consigo a lista dos tripulantes do vôos entre Brasil e Alemanhâ
obrigado

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john June 25, 2011 at 10:48 pm

I have a question to ask regarding an old hand tinted framed photograph of a zepplin I found recently. The zepplin’s picture was taken over top of the parliment buildings on University avenue in Toronto. The lettering R-100 is clearly visable on the front third of the airship.On the back of the frame thereis writing that says this. R-100 german zepplin,crossed ocean and visited Toronto in late 1920′s, probably 1927. It later burned near New York that same trip. On the bottom right hand side of the pictureis the name Baxter Toronto. Probably the photographers name. I would appreciate any information I could get. Thanking you in advance John

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Hendrick Stoops December 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm

The R-100 was one of two British passenger airships. After it made a roundtrip publicity flight to Toronto, after the R101 crashed in France, it was flattened by a steamroller and sold for scrap.

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Ian September 17, 2013 at 1:48 am
Bern June 24, 2011 at 9:47 am

Dan: I have a remote memory of seeing a large airship with a swastika on its tail fin when I was a child in Roselle NJ circa 1938,9 or 40.When were the last flights of such ships from Germany suspended? Bern

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Dan (Airships.net) June 25, 2011 at 11:27 am

1937. (The Hindenburg’s last flight.)

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Jerry Casius May 18, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Recently I was told by an old friend at the island of Saba (in the Caribbean near St. Maarten and Puerto Rico) that in the late 1930′s an “airship” passed over this remote island and caused quite a panic amongst the isolated population. Reportedly, it had “the large NAZI sign on its side”. If this is correct, it must have been the Hindenburg, but did this airship ever make a trip across the Caribbean? In the published Hindenburg flight schedule I can’t find info on this. I am tempted to think that what actually passed over Saba island was a US Navy blimp and that the “nazi sign” story was inspired by later pictures and stories about the Hindenburg disaster. If so is there a source of info on the use of blimps in US Navy fleet exercises in the Caribbean Sea that would fit the described situation? Thanks for your help. For info: I am not an airship buff, but rather I am writing a history of aviation in the Dutch Antilles islands, of which Saba is one.
Thanks, Jerry Casius, Ysselmuiden, Holland.

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Elizabeth April 28, 2011 at 9:10 am

Thanks!This helped a HEAP load on this stupid projecti have to do!!!!(:

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James Ford March 8, 2011 at 6:23 am

As a small child, I can remember a huge airship traversing the sky from north to south heading into Chicago. It was viewed from the back yard of my home in Zion about 50 miles north of the city. It also had a swastica painted on the tail. I checked this memory out with some other old timers that confirm this memory. If it wasn’t the Hindenberg then what airship could this have been. I’m tinking 1938 or 39.

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Dan (Airships.net) March 28, 2011 at 10:58 am
Daryl March 4, 2011 at 9:23 am

Good Day;
I recently came across a postcard carried on the first cross country flight of the Hindenburg. (Friedrichshafen-Löwental (6hr23min) [Test flight, Mail flight]).

Translation reads… “To Celebrate the first roundtrips of the new airship LZ129.. The best wishes from…” (followed by the writers initials). The address on the front of the card may still be valid, so I have prepared a letter to mail asking for more information.

Images are available on my Blog at http://www.livingskyaerobatics.com/blogindex.html

Daryl

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Brian Mac Aree February 25, 2011 at 9:46 am

I remember my Dad, 25 years dead now, telling me that his mother, my granny (long dead before I was born) saw the great German airship the Hindenburg passing over. Now she lived in the village of Clough, Co Down in Northern Ireland, north of the Mourne Mountains (as Don McLean sings “Where the mountains of Mourne Flow Down to the Sea”). I have often thought of looking to see if this was possible as Ireland was on the way and it flew I beleive at about 3000 feet.
Now all these years later with the help of your excellent Hindenburg flight path I was able check this. To my delight and wonder I can see that on one of the return flights from the US, the flight path does indeed pass over Ireland and Co Down (3). I could see that locally rather than fly over the Mourne mountains (Slieve Donard is 2,786 feet) it would fly north of them and thus over Clough and indeed she could in fact have seen it. It must have been an amazing sight in those pre-electricity candle light days of rural Ireland.
Can you tell me was this flight path (3), regular or a one off caused by bad weather or something? Thanks for that a precious memory validated and reinforced. Brian

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james reed September 21, 2011 at 9:51 am

I was on holiday near Newgale in Pembrokeshire in 1937 /8 We saw theis airship pass over us about 1000 ft or less.people in the gondola were waving to us.She appeared to go over St Davids Head and we assumed she was on her way to Ireland.Would love confirmation of this trip. I would mention that she passed over Milford Haven and Pembroke Dock which were both bombed heavily in the subsequent war.

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Gerd February 10, 2011 at 9:41 am

Hallo,
ich betreibe Familienforschung. Ein Karl Metzger ist 1936 von Frankfurt nach Rio de Janeiro gefahren. Rückfahrt war 3. bis 7. Dec. 1936.
Mich interessiert ein Erlebnisbericht eines Mitreisenden auf dieser Route. Auch wie Ablauf an Bord war.
Er war in Rio als Ingenieur bei einem Unternehmensneubau evtl. Kartonagenfabrik.
Danke schon jetzt für Hinweise.
All the best
Gerd

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Ray Trott December 21, 2010 at 8:42 am

On May 6, 1937, I was living on Fountain Street in South Braintree, MA. I was a little over 3 years old at that time. I was playing across the street from my house near the Whitcombs. At our house we had a few Honey Locust trees which are noted for their thorns and flat seed pods. Their leaves were lacy-like and you could see anything behind it. As I was looking back to our yard, I saw through the trees a huge dirigible (or Zeppelin) flying fairly low from east to west. Several years later during WWII, I had seen blimps that were from the Weymouth Naval Air Station. The aircraft I saw in 1937 was very much larger than the blimps. To this day nearly 74 years later, I can still see in my mind that ship slowly moving west through the Honey Locust tree. Many years later I read an article about the disaster. It said that after arriving in the Boston area, they decided to move south at a low altitude so the people in that area could see the marvelous airship.

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Tom Callahan May 7, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Ray
I was almost 3 years old and living on Elton St. in Dorchester in1937
I can still remember standing at the front window looking up over Savin Hill.
Suddenly this huge air ship with a huge swastika on the tail appeared heading south. This would have put it over Squantum NAS. No one ever believed that I saw the Hindenburg but seeing a sight like that at 3 years old is something you never forget.
A photo from the BPL shows it over So Boston heading for Dorchester Bay and Squantum. The anniversary yesterday brought this memory back
Tom Callahan

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Idris December 12, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Dan,

Hats off for putting up such valuable information consolidating on one page! I am interested in finding out the flight duration of the Hidenburg when she was traversing from New York to Frankfurt in 1936, but upon research, cannot find her putting port on any other U.S. soil apart from Lakehurst. Under the 1936 flight schedule on your web site, its stated that on May 12-May 14: Lakehurst-Frankfurt (49hr13min). Now Lakehurst is under the state of New Jersey, not New York. I am beginning to suspect the question in view per se, but before I raise this issue on discrepancy for discussion with my lecturer, I would like to know from you(a Hidenburg expert), if the ship ever put port in New York, perhaps not as a revenue flight.

Your images on flight paths across the Atlantic is great. All flights to Europe from the U.S. took off from Lakehurst. All flights to the U.S. from Europe landed in Lakehurst, save for one. What is the destination as per flight path #4 on the West bound flight path chart?

Many thanks,
Idris

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Dan (Airships.net) December 25, 2010 at 10:26 am

Naval Air Station Lakehurst was the only American base ever used by LZ-129 (and the only air station anywhere near New York with the facilities to accommodate a large rigid airship like Hindenburg).

It was common at the time to refer to vessels arriving in “New York” when they actually arrived in nearby New Jersey. For example, airline flights to “New York” actually landed at Newark Airport in New Jersey, and many German ocean liners bound for “New York” actually docked across the river in Hoboken, New Jersey.

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Ean@Niagara-Falls October 30, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Roy, there is a way to tell if the detour over Niagara Falls actually happened. In the archives of the library there are pictures and a story on the fly-over. I believe you are correct.

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Prams September 18, 2010 at 11:45 am

I am very glad to have come across this site. Very useful information and I must admit to be a complete Zeppelin nut! Loved this post! Keep up the good work.

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offices serviced September 8, 2010 at 10:19 am

Wow, just clicked on the hindenburg link. I didn’t really know a lot about the Hindenburg disaster but reading about it, it sounds so awful. I like that you’ve got a lot of history information here, my son is at school and history is his favourite subject so when he has to do a project I’m sure he’ll be able to get a lot from this site.

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Ron Hampton June 11, 2010 at 8:43 am

Schmeling – Hindenburg Flights:
In the Flight Schedule it states that Max Schmeling returned to Germany on the Hindenburg on 24 June 1936 after winning the fight with Joe Louis.

But the Passenger’s Diary Entry by passenger Clearence Hall states Schmeling was a passenger going to Lakehurst before the fight. Also this Diary is listed (Passenger description) for the August 5 – August 8 Frankfurt-Lakehurst. This is two months after the fight.

Something is wrong. 1) When did Schmeling come to the states, was it on the Hindenburg and the date? 2) If the Diary is correct what is the date of the Hindenburg flight that Mr Hall was on with Schmeling?

Thanks, Ron

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Dan (Airships.net) June 20, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Max Schmeling returned to Germany in June, 1936, via LZ-129 after defeating Joe Louis.

A few months later Schmeling traveled on LZ-129 again, this time from Germany to America on August 5-8, 1936, in anticipation of a fight with James J. Braddock which was scheduled for September 30, 1936, but which never took place.

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Jim Wolper May 6, 2010 at 1:19 pm

I have an unusual photo of the Hindenburg over Boston. This is a long-range view with the Custom House Tower and the old United Shoe Building in the foreground. This photo was made into a hand-colored postcard with the inaccurate caption “General View of Boston by Aeroplane.”

As far as I can tell this photo was taken at the arrival of the first 1937 flight, but I would like to confirm it. I would be happy to send you a scan and share it with your readers.

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Chuck Love April 30, 2010 at 7:36 pm

I would like to apologize for my earlier comments regarding the LZ128. I mistakenly said that was it but upon closer examination it is the LZ129. I have been able to determine that one of the autographs on the photo is that of the pilot, but I dont recognize any of the other names. If someone cares to write to me I will send a copy of the photo and perhaps we can identify them. Regards, Chuck Love.

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Chuck Love April 30, 2010 at 2:44 pm

As to the other autographs on the photo…one is definitely “Rudolph Lau***”

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Patrick Russell September 8, 2010 at 2:38 pm

The autograph that looks like “Rudolph Lau***” is probably Rudolf Sauter, the Hindenburg’s Chief Engineer.

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Chuck Love April 30, 2010 at 2:36 pm

I just found an exemplar of Max Pruss signature on a post card and it is indeed his autograph on the picture, along with five others but I dont recognize them enough to try to find out who they are. The airship is marked “O-LZ129″ maybe the O is a “D”, it has swastikas on the tail fins and the olympic ring on the side of the ship forward of the LZ129. If anyone is interested I could forward a c opy of the photograph and they may be able to identify the other signatures…Chuck Love

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Chuck Love April 30, 2010 at 2:20 pm

I have a large (eleven by sixteen) photograph of the LZ129 in flight and it has several original autographs on it. Not being familiar with those people I dont know who they are but one appears to be that of Max Pruss (there are five others). I would to see an examplar of Max Pruss’ signature if someone could send it to me. Thanks..Chuck Love

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Phil B. April 30, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I currently live in Wiesbaden Germany in an old apartment. My next door neighbor, who has lived in the building for many years, has a file of old photographs taken of and from the building. Two of the pictures are of labeled “Hindenburg, 1937″ and are taken from my balcony. Looks like the Hindenburg to me, headed south over Wiesbaden, Germany. I don’t believe there is an exact date on the photos, but there are leaves on the trees, which mean now earlier than late April. Don’t know if you are interested in a copy….I could Digitize and send then on to you.
Just thought this might be of interest. Let me know

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Chuck Love April 29, 2010 at 4:58 pm

I forgot to mention, the numbers on the side of the airship are “OLZ128″ The first could possibly be a “D”, but I don’t know for sure. Someone who is familiar with the craft would possbly recognize the signatures on the photo. I assumed it was those of passengers but it may be crew. Regards, Chuck Love

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George Wilson April 27, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Hi Dan, What a GREAT site this is! I’m a former CFI in single & twin engine airplanes & have been a Zeppelin nut since age 8. My mother grew up on the east side of Lake George in NY State, & before she passed away I was reading her mother’s diaries to her. An entry from 7/2/1936 says “Von Hindenburg Graf Zeppelin passed over in the night.” (She wasn’t much of an airship expert!) Anyway that fits with your transAtlantic flight map.
Once again I appreciate your no-BS site! George Wilson

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alison pitts April 25, 2010 at 8:56 am

Hi,

My 95 year old mother was telling me recently that she was working as a secretary in the local Town Hall in the summer of 1936 and recalls being called to the window in order to see the Hindenburg flying over the small market town of Settle, North Yorkshire.
At the time I wondered if her memory could be correct but can see from your information that she was spot on! How amazing. Thankyou for a fascinating website.

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John March 15, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Last night my Dad told me of when he was growing up in the Bronx as an 8yr old, he saw the Hindenburg fly very close and had a very clear view of it. He describes knowing that it was a zeppelin but knew nothing of the Hindenburg. He recalls the next day people were talking about the Hindenburg disaster. We tried to find the exact flight path over the New york area but your diagram is not detailed. Do you know any info on this? If not, I’ll suggest that it flew over the Bronx and maybe down the Hudson because it looks like it flew down from Canada and the north.

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John McCambridge February 20, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Hello, great info on your site. My mother told me she saw what she thought the Hindenburg going over Rathlin Islandat some point as a child. She was born in 1927 but alas is dead now. Could this have been the Hindenburg as I see on the map flight 4 west bound goes over that part of the north of Ireland and flight 2 towards the east flys over as well.
Thanks for any info.
John

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maurice February 11, 2010 at 10:58 am

Hi Dan,

I lived in north London England and i think i remember seeing an airship from my pram in about 1937.
Could this have been a Zepelin?

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Dan (Airships.net) February 12, 2010 at 11:01 am

Hindenburg did not fly over London in 1937, but if it could have been earlier, you might have seen a zeppelin.

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J Weeks February 10, 2010 at 6:41 am

I was living in Egypt from 1936 till 1940 and was but a young lad. I have somewhere in my mind a recollection of seeing an airship perhaps flying over Cairo. Am I dreaming it or was it true. Can anyone help? were the airships still flying then and what airship would it have been?

John Weeks now 76 years old

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Dan (Airships.net) February 10, 2010 at 10:28 am

LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin (1928-1937) visited the area on its Orient Flight to Palestine in 1929, but neither Hindenburg (1936-1937) nor LZ-130 Graf Zeppelin (1938-1939) ever visited Egypt. Perhaps it was a blimp rather than a rigid airship?

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Jack Walker February 7, 2010 at 5:07 pm

I saw the flight refered to by Richard Thornton. I was 5 years old, living in Hunslet Leeds, We all went out in the street to watch,,,The adults said it should be shot down as it would be taking photographs of where to bomb. It was accompanied by a relatively tiny aireoplane, which we hoped would stop it mis-behaving.

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Jared January 30, 2010 at 4:42 pm

I was looking thru an old family photo album the other day and I found one that I think is the Hindenburg. I don’t think my uncle was anywhere around New York when it was taken. My question is, did the Hindenburg land/dock any where in the south, like maybe Miami?

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Dan (Airships.net) January 30, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Hindenburg never visited Miami. If you have a photo of an airship in Miami that generally resembled Hindenburg (in terms of size and shape), it was likely USS Macon at Opa Locka. LZ-127 also visited Opa Locka, although Graf Zeppelin is visibly different from Hindenburg in terms of general appearance. If you would like to send me a high-resolution scan of the photo (or if you can give me the precise date of the photo) I will be very happy to identify the airship for you.

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Jared January 30, 2010 at 10:30 pm

As soon as I get my scanner up and running I’ll send you a scan. I should have mentioned it in my earlier question, I do know its from Germany, you can clearly see the swastikas on the top and bottom tail fins, sorry. I could be wrong on the location of the photo. Once again, i’ll send you a scan once I can get it up and running again.

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Richard H Thornton January 10, 2010 at 10:33 am

I have recently had my father’s 9.5mm cine film (1929-1993) transferred onto DVD.
Among his 1930′s black and white film is a short film which his diary identifies as showing Hindenburg passing over at 1-20pm on Tuesday June 30th 1936. This was taken from our home in Shipley, Yorkshire with Hindenburg travelling north westwards along the Aire Gap which is one of the few gaps in the Pennine Range. I should be pleased to know if information is available about the route and timetable of this particular journey.

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Dan (Airships.net) January 10, 2010 at 11:00 am

I am happy to be able to help.

The flight observed by your father was Hindenburg’s 24th flight, from Frankfurt to Lakehurst. Due to weather conditions the ship left Frankfurt at an unusually early hour (4:29 in the morning) and followed a lengthy route much to the North of its usual flight path, which gave your father a rare opportunity to see Hindenburg in flight over Northern England.

You can see the route taken by Hindenburg on this flight labeled “4″ on the Westbound chart above, and the ship passed over the following points:

Frankfurt – Vlissingen – North Sea – Cromer – Hull – Hessle – H0wden – Goole – Leeds – Keighley – Skipton – Warton – Morecombe – Flookburgh – Barrow – Mull of Galloway – Isle of Man – Northern tip of Ireland – North Atlantic – Southern tip of Greenland – Labrador – Quebec – Montreal – Lake Champlain – New York – Lakehurst

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gordon cooper April 22, 2012 at 4:45 am

Please can you help me . i remember being at my grannies in a village called GLUSBURN between keighley and skipton ,west yorkshire and seeing a zep come over would this be th above flight and also can you give me some idea of the date . I am now coming up to 80 but remeber it quite well.thank you for your help in this matter.

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P Pattison February 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm

I also saw the airship from the cricket field at Mountain but was given to understand it was the Graf Zeplin. It was moving very slowly and was told it flew over Keighley. Maybe some one has more accurate information to give us.
I believe the Telegraph and Argus had a report in the paper.

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steve Morley February 23, 2012 at 5:19 am

Hi Richard, I work for the Yorkshire Film Archive and have just viewed a 9.5mm film of the Hindenburg passing over Silsden made by Wylbert Kemp. I guess this would have been the same occasion that your father filmed. Do you still have the original films? Or, if not a copy of the DVD?

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Mike Bartnett December 26, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Dan, my great grandfather was on the September 22, 1936 voyage and I have the passenger list along with a small photo. Would copies of any of these records be helpful to your site? Thank you.

Mike Bartnett

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Dan (Airships.net) December 26, 2009 at 12:20 pm

That would be great! And I would be happy to add your photo and a scan of the passenger list to the site with your permission.

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henry November 16, 2009 at 7:36 pm

thanks for the information.i need to do notecards for school.P.S.i love the site and my teacher wants me to do at least 8 note cards so with this site i can do like a billion.

:)

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sandy m October 23, 2009 at 7:05 am

what was the actual departure time at Frankfort on May 3rd

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Dan (Airships.net) November 28, 2009 at 8:41 pm

LZ-129 departed Frankfurt at 19:16 (7:16 PM) on May 3, 1937.

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Tim September 20, 2009 at 12:03 am

WOW! this website is amazing. Thanks so much for all the great info which has really helped me with this short story i have to write for schoo;l

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renata e. sack July 13, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Would it have been possible for the Hindenburg to have passed by Frankenthal on her way from or to Frankfurt in 1937? I was a very small child then and remember this so vividly, but am not sure if it is reality or imagination. I remember my father excitedly calling me to see this huge oval flying object in the sky passing by our veranda and telling me that this Zeppellin is of major technical significance. I would very much appreciate an answer.

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Dan (Airships.net) July 13, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Hindenburg made several flights in the Frankfurt area in early 1937, and Frankenthal is only about 100km from Frankfurt, so it is certainly possible.

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Ralph Beilby June 9, 2009 at 2:39 am

Good Morning, I was wondering about the landing pads, big city locations and if they were ever used. Example: Empire State Bank Building. I understand it was designed for landing. How did it work? Were there any plans to land on a building in Chicago? Did they ever use the landing pad in a big city? How did they plan to hook to the buildings?

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Dan (Airships.net) June 10, 2009 at 8:39 am

No zeppelin ever used the mooring mast at the empire state building, or on any other tall building, which would have been a difficult proposition. (See the page on the USS Los Angeles for information about the difficulty of using high masts.)

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Kyle May 10, 2009 at 8:39 am

I was also wondering if you could give me some information on the Millionaires Flight, that would be a great help. There isn’t much information about events and flights other than the Hindenburg disaster out there on the web.

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Dan (Airships.net) May 10, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Hi Kyle.

I have been planning to publish a short page about the “Millionaires Flight” anyway, so in response to your request, I went ahead and prepared it.

I hope this helps!

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Kyle May 9, 2009 at 9:47 am

Like a few others who’ve commented, I myself am doing a project on the Hindenburg. My goal is to create five diary entries of an eyewitness in New Jersey around the time of the first Trans-atlantic flight, up until it crashed on May 6th. I did however notice that the times where from a catalog in Germany. Do you happen to know the time and date when the Hindenburg arrived in Lakehurst, New Jersey on it’s first flight there, in correct times for New Jersey?
Thanks for yout help in advance.

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Dan (Airships.net) May 10, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Hindenburg reached New York City at approximately 4:00 AM on Saturday, May 9, 1936, and flew a circuit over the island of Manhattan before heading south to Lakehurst, where it landed at 6:10 AM.

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Brett May 2, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Jon I love the website and it helped with my research project.

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Julia April 26, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Well honestly it’s just 10 facts on the a plane, 10 time-line facts, and 10 facts about how this plane impacted flight. I’ve always been kind of interested in the Hindenburg and how it crashed but many websites say that that could be various different things.

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Julia April 26, 2009 at 5:09 pm

oh!!! :) thank you so much!!! And thanks for answering quick too!! This website really really helps. Which flights do you think were the most important though?

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Dan (Airships.net) April 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm

@ Julia:

What a fascinating question, about which flights were most important! But that’s a hard question to answer, because it depends on importance in which regard; technological, historical, political, etc.? In a sense, I guess the easy answer is that the last flight was the most important, historically, because it brought almost four decades of zeppelin travel to an immediate end. But one could have a lot of fun discussing that question and debating the various answers.

If you like, tell us a little more about your project; what you are discussing, where you are finding your information, what (if anything) your project is trying to prove, where you are at school, what class/year you are in; just anything you might like to share with other readers.

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Julia April 26, 2009 at 4:42 pm

I’m doing a Hindenburg project for my science class and I didn’t think that there were that many flights. I’ve seen on most websites that the Hindenburg took 10 flights then it’s 11th is where it crashed. Which one is right??

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Dan (Airships.net) April 26, 2009 at 5:03 pm

@ Julia:

Did you think I just made up all these dates and flights? :-)

Hindenburg made 10 roundtrips between Europe and North America in 1936, and was on its first North American flight of 1937 when it crashed; that may be the 10 flights you have seen described on other websites.

(When using the web for research, it’s always a good idea to see if the website cites its sources, similar to the footnotes and bibliography in a book. For example, at the top of this page, I mention that the information is taken from the Sieger Katalog, so that readers can check the details for themselves if they like.)

Thank you for visiting my website, and best of luck with your Hindenburg project!

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John April 13, 2009 at 11:13 am

This is very helpful. Also, if possible, the officers or even the passengers on the flight of June 24, 1936 to Frankfurt would be helpful. Also on your schedule, it shows this flight ending July 26. Was that a mistake?? I have a post card, addressed to my mother, postmarked on 24.6.1936 on the Hindenburg and I believe it is from the co-pilot but not sure. I cannot read the last name but the first name looks to be Harry J.. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advance John

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Dan (Airships.net) April 13, 2009 at 12:04 pm

@ John:

The flight you mention landed in Frankfurt at 4:30 PM Frankfurt time on June 26, 1936. (The previous typo has been corrected.)

As the ship was German, there were no officers named “Harry.” < G > The commander on that flight was Hugo Eckener, and the watch officers were Max Pruss, Albert Sammt, and Heinrich Bauer.

If your autograph reads “Harry J” it is most likely Harry J. Schneiders, who was a passenger on the flight.

(Unfortunately I don’t have time at the moment to type in the complete list of passengers, which included boxer Max Schmeling on his return to Germany after knocking out Joe Louis on June 19, 1936 in New York. Typing in complete passenger lists is a goal of mine, but one which will unfortunately have to wait, as this website is an unpaid labor of love.)

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Roy Cowan March 28, 2009 at 6:40 pm

In August 1936 I believe that I may have seen the Hindenburg flying over Southern Ontario near Toronto. A few years ago I heard that the Hindenburg made an unscheduled detour over Niagara Falls in Aug 1936. If this is true, then there is a very good chance that I did in fact see it. I clearly remember the rumble of slow turning engines, which I knew was nor an airplane.

Is there any way of confirming this?

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Dan (Airships.net) March 29, 2009 at 9:15 am

Unfortunately, for most flights, I only have information regarding departure and arrival fields, flight times, etc., but I don’t have navigation logs showing routes of flight, so I am not able to help you, but thank you for posting your comment!

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Daughter November 3, 2010 at 8:47 pm

FYI, my Dad was raised in Kendal, Ontario (east of Toronto) and he told me that as a child he too saw “the Hindenburg” fly over their area one night. He didn’t know the date, but he remembered his Dad waking all the kids up and rushing them outside to see the historical sight. They had never seen such a thing and it was truly a marvel to him.

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Phil March 4, 2009 at 10:11 pm

THANK YOU DAN!!!
This is exactly what I was looking for
Phil

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Chuck Love April 29, 2010 at 4:51 pm

I have a large, about eleven by sixteen inch photograph of the LZ128, apparently in flight. It also bears about six or seven signed names on the picture. It has swasticas on the tail fins. Write if you are interested. Regards…Chuck Love.

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R Towner November 18, 2010 at 9:54 am

In 1938 or early 1939 my mother and her sister, as small children, were astounded when they saw a Zeppelin flying overhead in Kirkdale in the north end of the City of Liverpool, England. They say it was heading roughly north west, aligning with the River Mersey and its docks. It was flying so low that they could easily see the gondola. Is there any record of this flight? Was it LZ-127? Was it on a pre-war photographic reconnaisance mission for the Luftwaffe or was it more likely to have been a pleasure flight en route to the US?

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Dan (Airships.net) November 25, 2010 at 8:42 am

The only airship flying in 1938/1939 was LZ-130, and while it conducted electronic espionage flights directed at the UK I do not believe it traveled as far west as Liverpool; is it possible your mother and aunt saw LZ-129 Hindenburg in 1936?

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R Towner November 26, 2010 at 8:52 am

Dan, thanks for your reply. I am told that yes, it is possible that the sighting was in 1936, and therefore was the Hindenburg. From the info on your excellent website we assume that it could have been cruising at an altitude as low as 100 metres and at around 75mph so would have flown over the whole length of Liverpool in only 10 minutes, passing quickly overhead. Am I correct in calculating that the Hindenburg made the transatlantic trip to north america 10 times, all between May and October 1936? Also, do the numbers on the Flight Schedule map correspond with these 10 trips. If so, it looks like the Hindenburg flew over Liverpool either on trip no. 4 (westbound) say June 30th 1936 or on return trips 2 or 3 (eastbound) May 23rd/June 26th. Final question – why does the schedule show the same number of outward/return trips when the airship crashed in the US and did not make it back to Germany? Congratulations on a brilliant site.

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Dan (Airships.net) November 26, 2010 at 10:04 am

The map represents the Hindenburg’s 1936 voyages to North America, so the tragic May, 1937 flight is not included. The numbers correspond to the ship’s 1936 North Atlantic crossings.

Thank you for the kind comments. :-)

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