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Friday, May 4, 2012

Hindenburg disaster 75 years ago abruptly ended zeppelin era | Tech Culture - CNET News

Hindenburg disaster 75 years ago abruptly ended zeppelin era | Tech Culture - CNET News: But even before 9/11, anyone who had been in Lakehurst, N.J., on May 6, 1937, would have had a pretty good sense of just how big an explosion Clancy had in mind. Because that day, the Hindenburg, a German zeppelin that was famous the world over for ferrying the rich and powerful across the Atlantic, blew up as it attempted to land, a catastrophe that rocked the globe, kickstarted the news industry, and closed the book for good on a form of travel that, while far beyond the means of most people, unquestionably appealed to the romantic notions of the masses.