The Hindenburg Disaster: The End of the Zeppelin Era

TLDR The Hindenburg disaster in 1937, caused by a fire resulting from the flammable materials used in its construction, marked the end of the Zeppelin era. The disaster led to the retirement of all remaining Zeppelins and the rise of commercial transatlantic air travel with faster airplanes.

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00:00 The Zeppelin, a cutting-edge form of transportation in the 1920s and 30s, came to a sudden end in 1937 with the Hindenburg Disaster in New Jersey.
03:01 The Hindenburg, a new class of airship that was larger than the Graf Zeppelin and scheduled to use helium instead of hydrogen as its lifting gas, was named in honor of Paul von Hindenburg and was a result of delays in construction and a global embargo on helium.
05:13 The Hindenburg, a 100% hydrogen airship, was larger than the Graf Zeppelin and made its first official flight in 1936, initially being used for Nazi propaganda before beginning passenger service to Brazil and the United States.
07:22 The Hindenburg made several flights in 1936 and 1937, including a flyover at the Olympic Games in Berlin and an unscheduled flight over Manhattan, before its final flight to the United States where a fire started for unknown reasons.
09:32 The Hindenburg disaster occurred due to a fire caused by the flammable materials used in the airship's construction, resulting in the rapid destruction of the ship and the death of 35 people on board.
11:37 The Hindenburg disaster effectively ended the era of airships, as commercial transatlantic air travel had begun around the same time and airplanes were significantly faster; the Hindenburg wasn't the last airship, but the Nazi government had little interest in the Graf Zeppelin II and all remaining Zeppelins were retired in 1940; the cause of the fire was determined to be the flammability of the covering material due to electrostatic discharges; the Hindenburg disaster has become a cultural touchstone and there are memorials and artifacts on display.
13:45 The Hindenburg remains the largest aircraft ever built, but its size and cost make it difficult to justify its existence in a world of jumbo jets.
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