Hindenburg Disaster

Date taken: May 6, 1937
Location: Lakehurst Naval Air Station, New Jersey, USA

Photographer: Gus Pasquerella

Historical Context

The German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed during its attempt to dock with its mooring mast at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in the United States.

Of the 97 people on board (36 passengers and 61 crewmen), there were 35 fatalities. One worker on the ground was also killed, making a total of 36 dead.

The disaster, caught on newsreel coverage and in photographs shattered public confidence in the giant, passenger carrying Zeppelins and marked the end of the airship era.

Historical Events

  • 1936-03-04 1st flight of the airship Hindenburg at Friedrichshafen, Germany
  • 1937-05-06 German airship Hindenburg explodes in flames at Lakehurst, NJ (36 die)

Historical Photos