July 27, 2021

This was how it was to fly in the Hindenburg, the iconic Nazi zeppelin that ended up engulfed in flames

  • Jonathan Glancey
  • BBC Culture

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The Hindenburg remains the largest aircraft ever built. Here it is seen flying over Manhattan.

There was a time when zeppelins seemed destined to become the preferred mode of transportation for intercontinental travel.

And among the devices of this type that took to the skies in the first half of the 20th century, the most iconic was the LZ 129 Hindenburg.

This Friday 80 years have passed since the first flight of what was the most impressive of the zeppelins prior to World War II.

The colossal German apparatus was barely a year old, as it caught fire on May 6, 1937, while attempting to land at Lakehurst, NJ, after having successfully crossed the Atlantic.