On May 6, 1937, crowds formed near Naval Air Station Lakehurst in New Jersey to welcome the first Zeppelin transatlantic flight of the year. History knows what happened next: just moments before landing, the Hindenburg burst into flames as onlookers watched in horror. This is one of the most well-documented disasters in aviation, and in this week's episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie takes us into the reasons why the airship exploded and how it changed flight safety for all of us.
Stephanie shares an almost unbelievable photo of an infant in a bassinet precariously attached to the overhead compartment of an airplane. Dangerous or smart? Irresponsible or convenient? Let us know what you think (and listen to the end of the show where we discuss our thoughts in detail!).
Written and produced by: Shelly Price and Stephanie Hubka
Directed and engineered by: Crosse deStreit, Salmon Pond Studios
Sound editing by: Stephanie Hubka
Graphic design and website by: Adam Hubka
Music by: Mike Dunn
The Hindenburg on fire. Source: History.com
The Hindenburg. Source: Wikipedia
New York City beneath the Hindenburg (photo from engine car). Source: Airships.net