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The 245 meter long Hindenburg, pride and joy of the Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei (DZR), was a leviathian of an airship. Holding 200,000 cubic meters of hydrogen gas and four 1050 hp Daimler-Benz 602 diesel motors, it was able to reach speeds of up to 135km/h with a maximum range of 14,000k.
In an effort to generate support for a German-American transatlantic zeppelin service, a 10 ½ hour “millionaire’s flight” was set for October 9, 1936. The fall foliage of New England was the main attraction aboard the air ship bustling with industry leaders from the fields of finance, aviation, government and military.
The Hindenburg took its final flight in 1937 when vented hydrogen ignited and caused a major crash at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station.
Photography courtesy of Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum