Hindenburg was scheduled to land at Lakehurst, NJ at 6:00 AM on May 6, 1937, after her first North Atlantic crossing of the 1937 season. But delayed 12 hours by headwinds, the ship was over Seal Island, Nova Scotia; when passengers were supposed to be disembarking they were gathering for breakfast instead.
Just before noon the ship was over Boston.
At 3:00 pm Hindenburg’s passengers and crew were enjoying New York’s famous skyline from the air.
Just a few hours later 36 people were dead and the world’s greatest airship no longer existed.
Today is the 77th anniversary of the disaster that ended the age of the passenger airship.
I have studied the background of the Zepplen business and believe the company was getting ready to move to South America to get away from Hermann Goering’s iinfluence. So, an infernal devce was planted in the Hindenburg to eliminate the aura of safety with Hydrogen and create a period of… Read more »
When Dan said that the Hindenburg disaster â€œended the age of the passenger airship,â€ I assume he meant the end of regularly-scheduled, fare-paying passenger service. But that did not, by itself, end â€œthe age of the airshipâ€ per se because at least one more airship later appeared overhead in the… Read more »
Thanks for the remembrance Dan. I would like to offer an alternate conclusion to this epitaph. After the loss of the Hindenburg, her management in Germany still operated the new Graf Zeppelin -2 airship albeit for regional flights that were disguised as scenic jaunts but were actually electronic warfare espionage… Read more »
Except, of course, that the LZ 130 never carried a fare-paying passenger. Passenger airship service actually ended on May 8, 1937, when the LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin landed at Friedrichshafen after a flight back from South America. Over the objections of her commander, Hans von Schiller, her next scheduled passenger… Read more »