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In Photos: The History of the Hindenburg Disaster

Full of helium

The ill-fated Hindenburg on June 22, 1936, at Lakehurst, New Jersey, after a flight from Frankfurt.

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The ill-fated Hindenburg on June 22, 1936, at Lakehurst, New Jersey, after a flight from Frankfurt.

Enjoying the view

Promenade of the hydrogen-filled German airship Hindenburg (LZ-129).

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The promenade of the hydrogen-filled German airship Hindenburg

Eyes in the sky

March 1936: Steering wheel of the hydrogen-filled German airship Hindenburg (LZ-129).

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This photo from March 1936 shows the steering wheel of the hydrogen-filled German airship Hindenburg.

Luxury travel

This photo, circa 1937, shows the dining room of the German hydrogen filled transatlantic airship Hindenburg.

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This photo, circa 1937, shows the dining room of the German hydrogen filled transatlantic airship Hindenburg.

Factory workers

Workers of the Zeppellin factory in Friedrichshafen in Germany.

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Workers of the Zeppellin factory in Friedrichshafen in Germany.

All aboard

 Passengers aboard the Hindenburg on Aug. 11, 1936, during an Atlantic flight.

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Passengers aboard the Hindenburg on Aug. 11, 1936, during an Atlantic flight.

Pre-flight preparations

The Hindenburg on Aug. 9, 1936, as it was taken out of its hangar at Friedrichshafen before leaving for New York.

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The Hindenburg on Aug. 9, 1936, as it was taken out of its hangar at Friedrichshafen before leaving for New York.

Under construction

This photo from 1935 shows The Hindenburg under construction at Friedrichshafen.

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This photo from 1935 shows The Hindenburg under construction at Friedrichshafen.

Future of travel?

The first flight of the airship Hindenburg, LZ 129, on March 4, 1936. A round trip to New Jersey a few months later took just over four and a half days.

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The first flight of the airship Hindenburg, LZ 129, on March 4, 1936. A round trip to New Jersey a few months later took just over four and a half days.