Summary: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.
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Sources consulted for this story:
- Faces of the Hindenburg
- Airships.net: The Hindenburg Disaster
- NPR: When The Hindenburg Was The Height Of Luxe In-Flight Dining
- AP: Last Hindenburg survivor, 88, recalls: 'The air was on fire'
- Florida Today: What caused Hindenburg fire? Retired NASA expert digs in
- NBC News: Zeppelins stopped flying after the Hindenburg disaster. Now scientists want to bring them back.
- CNN: The last survivor of the Hindenburg disaster has died, family says
- Military Times: The airship Hindenburg bursts into flames — original 1937 AP story
- Wikipedia: Hindenburg Disaster
- Wikipedia: LZ 129 Hindenburg
- Unearthed Episode: the Curse of the Hindenburg
- BBC: The Zeppelin: Aboard 'the hotel in the sky'
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- YouTube: Zeppelin Crash
Show Notes: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!).
Credits:Written and produced by: Shelly Price and Stephanie Hubka
Directed and engineered at: Snow Monster Studios
Sound editing by: Stephanie Hubka
Graphic design and website by: Adam Hubka
Music by: Mike Dunn