I’ve long been fascinated by airships, so I was particularly interested in the recent NBC Timeless episode featuring the Hindenburg.
(and there’s also time travel, another topic that really interests me – so I was pretty much glued to the television the entire episode)
Afterwards, I wondered how close they’d come to replicating the original. I quickly found a photo almost identical to the promo shot above.
The explosion quickly ended passenger airship travel – thousands of passengers had been flying in airships in the three decades prior to this accident without a single injury. The Hindenburg had made 9 other trans-Atlantic flights and even more within Europe. Passengers traveled in luxury and made the Atlantic crossing faster than any other transportation available at the time. Dan Grossman at Airships.net has done a fantastic job of compiling details and photos of the Hindenburg and other airships on his site. If airships intrigue you too, visit his site, and then pre-order his book ZEPPELIN HINDENBURG: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF LZ-129, due out in May.
I was also lucky enough to find this newsreel footage from May 6, 1937 – the Hindenburg’s final flight.