Did you know? It happened on May 6, 1937 above Lakehurst, New Jersey. It was the most famous, but not the most deadly, airship disaster in history. While attempting to dock, the German passenger airship LZ129 Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed, killing 36 of the 97 passengers and crew on board. Many survived by jumping out of the zeppelin’s windows and escaping the blazing inferno on foot. The fiery disaster was actually recorded by radio reporter Herbert Morrison on newsreel footage and broadcast nationwide the next day. A little known fact: Despite the fact that the Hindenburg was filled with several million cubic feet of highly combustible hydrogen gas, it offered its passengers a smoking lounge! Cigarettes and Cuban cigars were offered for sale and could be smoked in a room supposedly pressurized to prevent hydrogen from leaking in. The smoker’s lounge was equipped with a single electric lighter.
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