The airship Hindenburg, arriving from Europe, was being led to its mooring at Lakehurst, New Jersey when suddenly disaster struck. The hydrogen-filled zeppelin ignited, and was almost instantly transformed into an enormous fireball. In less than a minute, the entire ship had been consumed by flames. The Hindenburg explosion marked the end of the budding airship travel industry. Written by
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Five newsreel companies (Fox, Hearst, Pathe, Paramount and Universal) sent staff cameramen to Lakehurst, New Jersey to photograph yet another routine arrival of the Hindenburg to the United States. Disappointed by the bad weather, the Universal cameraman left to see a Broadway play while the other cameramen remained. Because Universal released a newsreel of the fire and Hearst did not, it is possible that Universal acquired the rights to the Hearst footage. Two of these reels (Paramount and Fox Movietone) were edited into a dub with Herb Morrison's recording that has well circulated around the Internet. Like other composites found in some documentaries, certain sequences are repeated in different angles. Another silent newsreel consists of Pathe footage of the Hindenburg's first landing the previous year and Universal Newsreel footage of the disaster. See more
It's practically standing still now. They've dropped ropes out of the nose of the ship, and it's been taken ahold of down on the field by a number of men. It's starting to rain again; the rain had slacked up a little bit. The back motors of the ship are just holding it, just enough to keep it from...
[he Hindenberg suddenly explodes
It burst into flames! Get out of the way! Get out of the way! Get this, Charlie! Get this, Charlie! It's fire and it's crashing! It's crashing terrible! Oh, my! Get...