Hindenburg Disaster

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Hindenburg Disaster

The Hindenburg Disaster

The Hindenburg caught fire and burnt to the ground in only 34 seconds. (2, 1)

This is a newspaper cover the day after the disaster - with a slight exaggeration of the death count.

- There are many theories in figuring out how the zeppelin crashed. Among those are sabotage, the flammable outer layer of the ship, and the most popular- a hydrogen leak. (1,1)- Many people have tested the theories, settling on the theory that a broken wire punctured one of the hydrogen bags, causing a leak of the highly flammable gas. Then, the lightning from the surrounding storm provided the spark that the hydrogen needed to ignite. (5, 4)

- The Hindenburg disaster is the first ever air disaster caught on film. The real footage is still available to watch for people to witness the horror that happened that day.- This disaster was advertised everywhere: on t-shirts, newspapers, tv shows, and album covers. There is also a movie about it, and the famous band Led Zeppelin made its debut after the airship wrecked. (1, 5)- After the ship had crumpled to the ground, the captain, Captain Pruss, refused to leave the scene. He insisted on staying to help the survivors escape the wreckage. (2, 5)- As news of the disaster spread, hydrogen was banned from being used in airships. This hurt Germany's military traveling becuase most of their travel depended on large airships to carry soldiers and equipment. (4, 2)

- The Hindenburg was 804 feet long and flew at a maximum of 84 miles per hour- the most advanced and luxurious zeppelin of its time.- It took four and a half years to build and $42 million. (5, 2)- The Hindenburg was supposed to be lifted by helium but instead had to be lifted by hydrogen becuase the United States wouldn't sell Germany the highly scarce helium (2,2).- Germany and Great Britain were the only countries that used zeppelins like these, it was too advanced for any other country to figure out (3, 1).

- At the time of the disaster, the Hindenburg crew recieved a threat, stating that "something will happen to the back of the Hindenburg" right before the ship crashed. (5, 1)- Back then, traveling during the winter was a near-impossible task, therefore airships made an excellent solution to this problem (3, 2)

Airships like the Hindenburg came about in the 19th century, mostly in European countries. There are 3 different kinds of airships: nonrigid airship/blimp, semigrid airship, and rigid airships/zeppelins. (4, 1)

Recently, MythBusters tested the theories of the disaster. Here's a clip to show you --> MythBuster's MiniMyth

Here is the real footage of the disaster on May 6, 1937 ---> Hindenburg

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"This is one of the worst catastrophes in the world.... Oh the humanity and all the passengers!" (Morrison)"The fire spread so quickly — consuming the ship in less than a minute — that survival was largely a matter of where one happened to be located when the fire broke out." (The Hindenburg Disaster)."Navy men, Stand Fast!" (Chief Petty Officer Tobin)

This was a routine stop for the ship, having been there over 10 times before. (2, 3)

"During its 9 months of operation in 1936, this airship had made more than 55 flights; flown 2,764 hours, cruised l9l,583 miles, crossed the ocean 34 times, carried 2,798 passengers and more then 377,000 pounds of mall and freight, all without mishap." (United States Department of Commerce)."It is unlikely the true answer will ever be found." (Hindenburg Crash - Lakehurst, New Jersey: 1937).

The Hindenburg was making a routine trip to the United States the day of May 6th, 1937. Little did they know this was going to be one of the most horrific airship crashes to this day.


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