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.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry airship Noun
aircraft filled with lighter-than-air material, usually hydrogen or helium. Also called a dirigible or blimp.
to raise higher than the surrounding area.
easily set on fire.
state of matter with no fixed shape that will fill any container uniformly. Gas molecules are in constant, random motion.
main body of a ship.
chemical element with the symbol H, whose most common isotope consists of a single electron and a single proton.
activity that produces goods and services.
voyage or trip.