The Hindenburg Disaster: The End of the Dirigible Era
Had it not been for the Hindenburg disaster in 1937, we might all be flying to our vacation destinations in blimps, not planes. In addition to taking luxury cruises, we could take luxury blimp cruises, enjoying fine dining and dancing among the clouds.
Blimp travel was still in its infancy when the Hindenburg left Frankfort, Germany, and headed to the United States. Approaching an airfield at Lakehurst, New Jersey, the Hindenburg exploded in dramatic fashion and plunged to the ground, as shown in this colorized photograph of the day. Let’s look at the Hindenburg disaster and how it put an end to the age of blimp travel.