I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster, 1937 by Lauren TarshisNew York Times bestselling author Lauren Tarshis provides a birds-eye view of one of Americas most ghastly accidents ever be captured on film, the Hindenburg Disaster of 1937.
The greatest flying machine ever built is about to crash...
For eleven-year-old Hugo Ballard, flying on the Hindenburg is a dream come true. Hugo, his parents, and his four-year-old sister, Gertie, are making the thrilling four-thousand-mile journey across the Atlantic in a zeppelin as big as the Titanic.
But as the zeppelin gets ready to land, a blast rocks the Hindenburg and fire consumes the ship. The entire disaster lasts a mere thirty-two seconds, but in those few seconds, Hugo finds himself separated from his family and in a desperate race to escape the flames. The Hindenburg is doomed. And so, it seems, is Hugo. Will he survive this historic disaster?
The Hindenburg disaster in 1937 - Vintage Photos
On the evening of May 6, , spectators and reporters gathered at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey to catch a glimpse of the cutting edge of air travel. The German airship LZ—better known as the Hindenburg —was landing. At feet long more than three times the length of a Boeing and only 80 feet shorter than the Titanic , the Hindenburg was the largest aircraft ever built.
The Hindenburg disaster
Anyone who has seen the graphic newsreel video of the Hindenburg plunging to earth in flames may be amazed to know that of the 97 passengers and crew on board, 62 survived. Navy airship, crashed off the coast of New Jersey in a severe storm on April 4, Seventy-three men were killed, and only three survived. The crash of the British military airship R, which claimed 48 lives, was also deadlier. His wrenching account would be heard in Chicago later that night, and it was broadcast nationwide the following day.
The German passenger airship LZ Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed during its attempt to dock with its mooring mast at Naval Air Station Lakehurst. On board were 97 people 36 passengers and 61 crewmen ; there were 36 fatalities 13 passengers and 22 crewmen, 1 worker on the ground. The disaster was the subject of newsreel coverage, photographs, and Herbert Morrison 's recorded radio eyewitness reports from the landing field, which were broadcast the next day. The event shattered public confidence in the giant, passenger-carrying rigid airship and marked the abrupt end of the airship era. After opening its season by completing a single round-trip passage to Rio de Janeiro , Brazil, in late March, the Hindenburg departed from Frankfurt , Germany, on the evening of May 3, on the first of 10 round trips between Europe and the United States that were scheduled for its second year of commercial service.
The Hindenburg disaster occurred on May 6, , in Manchester Township, New Jersey, On board were 97 people (36 passengers and 61 crewmen); there were 36 fatalities (13 passengers .. to fund zeppelin construction (as happened after the crash of the LZ 4) were expressly forbidden by the Nazi government.
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Part 1: The Events of May 6, 1937
Mega Disasters - The Hindenburg
The airship Hindenburg, the largest dirigible ever built and the pride of Nazi Germany, bursts into flames upon touching its mooring mast in Lakehurst, New Jersey , killing 36 passengers and crewmembers. Frenchman Henri Giffard constructed the first successful airship in His hydrogen-filled blimp carried a three-horsepower steam engine that turned a large propeller and flew at a speed of six miles per hour. Unlike French airships, the German ships had a light framework of metal girders that protected a gas-filled interior. Large enough to carry substantial numbers of passengers, one of the most famous rigid airships was the Graf Zeppelin, a dirigible that traveled around the world in In the s, the Graf Zeppelin pioneered the first transatlantic air service, leading to the construction of the Hindenburg, a larger passenger airship. Stretching feet from stern to bow, it carried 36 passengers and crew of
The Hindenburg disaster at Lakehurst, New Jersey on May 6, brought an end to the age of the rigid airship. Hindenburg began its last flight on May 3, , carrying 36 passengers and 61 officers, crew members, and trainees. The ship left the Frankfurt airfield at PM and flew over Cologne, and then crossed the Netherlands before following the English Channel past the chalky cliffs of Beachy Head in southern England, and then heading out over the Atlantic shortly after AM the next day. Hindenburg at the Frankfurt airfield in Hindenburg followed a northern track across the ocean [view chart ], passing the southern tip of Greenland and crossing the North American coast at Newfoundland. New York City beneath Hindenburg photo from engine car. Captain Pruss departed the Lakehurst area and took his ship over the beaches and coast of New Jersey to wait out the storm.