On May 6, 1937, German airship Hindenburg burst into flames, killing 35. The Hindenburg left Frankfurt, Germany, on May 3 for a journey to Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey. As the airship attempted to moor, it suddenly caught fire. The hydrogen-filled hull of the ship burned within seconds. Unlike previous airship fires, this was captured entirely on film.
 
The Hindenburg was the largest airship ever built. It carried 36 passengers and 61 crewmembers. The airship, sometimes called a Zeppelin after is manufacturer, was more than 245 meters (800 feet) from stern to bow. It had a light metal framework that protected the gas-filled interior. Lighter-than-air hydrogen was used to elevate the vehicle. Unfortunately, hydrogen is very flammable. Experts do not agree how the Hindenburg caught fire.
 
The entire airship industry collapsed after the Hindenburg accident. 
airship
Noun

aircraft filled with lighter-than-air material, usually hydrogen or helium. Also called a dirigible or blimp.

elevate
Verb

to raise higher than the surrounding area.

flammable
Adjective

easily set on fire.

gas
Noun

state of matter with no fixed shape that will fill any container uniformly. Gas molecules are in constant, random motion.

hull
Noun

main body of a ship.

hydrogen
Noun

chemical element with the symbol H, whose most common isotope consists of a single electron and a single proton.

industry
Noun

activity that produces goods and services.

journey
Noun

voyage or trip.

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