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Fri May 6, 2022, 11:34 AM

On this day, May 6, 1937, the Hindenburg floated high over Manhattan on its way to NAS Lakehurst.

Mon Apr 4, 2022: On this day, April 4, 1936, the Hindenburg arrived in Rio de Janeiro.

Thu May 6, 2021: On this day, May 6, 1937, the Hindenburg floated high over Manhattan on its way to NAS Lakehurst.

Sun Apr 4, 2021: On this day, April 4, 1936, the Hindenburg arrived in Rio de Janeiro, on the completion of

Wed May 6, 2020: On this day, May 6, 1937, the Hindenburg floated high over Manhattan on its way to NAS Lakehurst.

Mon May 6, 2019: 82 Years Ago Today; "Oh, the humanity!"

Lakehurst Maxfield Field

Thu May 3, 2018: Great news, 1937. The Hindenburg left Frankfurt today for its first trip of the year to the US.

All is serene --



Well, that doesn't work anymore. Try this. I don't know when this was taken.



1930s New York City (including the Hindenburg dirigible)
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John Meyer
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This is amateur silent 16mm film taken in New York City sometime in the mid-1930s. At approximately the 1:30 mark, you will see the German dirigible "Hindenburg" flying very low over the city. You will also see very well-dressed children (by today's standards) playing football.

LZ 129 Hindenburg

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Final flight: May 36, 1937

Main article: Hindenburg disaster

After making the first South American flight of the 1937 season in late March, Hindenburg left Frankfurt for Lakehurst on the evening of May 3, on its first scheduled round trip between Europe and North America that season. Although strong headwinds slowed the crossing, the flight had otherwise proceeded routinely as it approached for a landing three days later.

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Hindenburg disaster

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Flight

After opening its 1937 season by completing a single round-trip passage to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in late March, the Hindenburg departed from Frankfurt, Germany, on the evening of May 3, on the first of 10 round trips between Europe and the United States that were scheduled for its second year of commercial service. American Airlines had contracted with the operators of the Hindenburg to shuttle the passengers from Lakehurst to Newark for connections to airplane flights.

Except for strong headwinds that slowed its progress, the Atlantic crossing of the Hindenburg was otherwise unremarkable until the airship attempted an early-evening landing at Lakehurst three days later on May 6. Although carrying only half its full capacity of passengers (36 of 70) and crewmen (61, including 21 crewman trainees) for the accident flight, the Hindenburg was fully booked for its return flight. Many of the passengers with tickets to Germany were planning to attend the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in London the following week.



The Hindenburg over Manhattan, New York on May 6, 1937

The airship was hours behind schedule when it passed over Boston on the morning of May 6, and its landing at Lakehurst was expected to be further delayed because of afternoon thunderstorms. Advised of the poor weather conditions at Lakehurst, Captain Max Pruss charted a course over Manhattan Island, causing a public spectacle as people rushed out into the street to catch sight of the airship. After passing over the field at 4:00 p.m., Captain Pruss took passengers on a tour over the seasides of New Jersey while waiting for the weather to clear. After finally being notified at 6:22 p.m. that the storms had passed, Pruss directed the airship back to Lakehurst to make its landing almost half a day late. However, as this would leave much less time than anticipated to service and prepare the airship for its scheduled departure back to Europe, the public was informed that they would not be permitted at the mooring location or be able to visit aboard the Hindenburg during its stay in port.

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Fri May 6, 2022, 12:08 PM

1. While going through a box of my mom's photos

We found a bunch of pictures of my grandma and great-grandparents out watching the Hindenburg flying over New Jersey.

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Fri May 6, 2022, 12:37 PM

2. I miss Dennis Donovan's posts. Hope all is well.

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