LZ 129 Hindenburg


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LZ-129 Hindenburg

Hindenburg-class airship -


Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH -

Construction number

LZ129 -


1931–36 -


D-LZ129 -

First flight

March 4, 1936 -

Owners and operators

Deutsche Zeppelin Reederei -

In service

1936–37 -


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Destroyed in fire May 6, 1937 -

LZ 129 Hindenburg (Luftschiff Zeppelin #129{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}; Registration: D-LZ 129) was a large German commercial passenger-carrying rigid airship, the lead ship of the Hindenburg class, the longest class of flying machine and the largest airship by envelope volume.<ref name="specs"/> It was designed and built by the Zeppelin Company (Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH) on the shores of Lake Constance in Friedrichshafen and was operated by the German Zeppelin Airline Company (Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei). The airship flew from March 1936 until it was destroyed by fire 14 months later on May 6, 1937, at the end of the first North American transatlantic journey of its second season of service. Thirty-six people died in the accident, which occurred while landing at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Manchester Township, New Jersey, United States. This was the last of the great airship disasters; it was preceded by the crashes of the British R38 in 1921 (44 dead), the US airship Roma in 1922 (34 dead), the French Dixmude in 1923 (52 dead), the British R101 in 1930 (48 dead), and the USS Akron in 1933 (73 dead).

Hindenburg was named after the late Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg, President of Germany from 1925 until his death in 1934.

LZ 129 Hindenburg sections
Intro  Design and development  Operational history  The final flight: May 3\u20136, 1937  Notable appearances in media  Specifications  See also  References  External links  

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