Today in aviation history – 6th May

On 6th May 1937 a German airship LZ 129 Hindenburg burned down. Along with LZ 130 Graf Zeppelin II it was the biggest airship in the world. Hindenburg was 245 meters long and had diameter of 41 meters. It could carry 72 passengers. The crew consisted of 61 people. The airship burned down near Lakehurst airport, New Jersey. There were 97 people on board of the airship, 35 of them died. This catastrophe ended career of the airships in tourism and transportation.