Full of helium
The ill-fated Hindenburg on June 22, 1936, at Lakehurst, New Jersey, after a flight from Frankfurt.
Enjoying the view
The promenade of the hydrogen-filled German airship Hindenburg
Eyes in the sky
This photo from March 1936 shows the steering wheel of the hydrogen-filled German airship Hindenburg.
This photo, circa 1937, shows the dining room of the German hydrogen filled transatlantic airship Hindenburg.
Workers of the Zeppellin factory in Friedrichshafen in Germany.
Passengers aboard the Hindenburg on Aug. 11, 1936, during an Atlantic flight.
The Hindenburg on Aug. 9, 1936, as it was taken out of its hangar at Friedrichshafen before leaving for New York.
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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Denise Chow was the assistant managing editor at Live Science before moving to NBC News as a science reporter, where she focuses on general science and climate change. Before joining the Live Science team in 2013, she spent two years as a staff writer for Space.com, writing about rocket launches and covering NASA's final three space shuttle missions. A Canadian transplant, Denise has a bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto, and a master's degree in journalism from New York University.