Do You Know Where This Picture is From?

Last Updated on Monday, 14 September 2015 10:47 Written by Keith Donaldson Monday, 21 October 2013 08:35

Hindenburg Disaster 1937

It could be from any dining room, café, or restaurant from the first 70 of the last 100 years. But there is something special about this one; it is from the dining room of the Hindenburg from April 1936.

This was taken about a month before this blimp burst into flames after a transatlantic flight. When it was coming into a tower dock it exploded. Many witnesses claimed they saw a blue discharge and fluttering fabric of the balloon material. According to that testimony, what happened was a combination of torn material and a natural phenomenon. First, the blimp’s outer layer tore, which explains the fluttering fabric, the part of it which tore fluttered as the pressurized and flammable gas leaked out. Whereas we regret the loss of life that occurred on that tragic day, it is important, as with any tragedy, to learn from the accident to help prevent a similar occurrence in the future.

The blue discharge is a bit more complicated. It is believed to be St. Elmo’s Fire. The Hindenburg was half a day late on its ocean crossing. It was storming at the landing area in New Jersey so the blimp took its time over New York City. Citizens flooded the streets to see the big blimp, famous pictures of this passage still exist. But, once the storm subsided the blimp continued onto its destination.

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