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LZ 129 Hindenburg was a German zeppelin. It and its sister-ship LZ 130 Graf Zeppelin II were the largest aircraft ever built. In its second year of service, it was destroyed by a fire while landing at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Manchester, New Jersey, USA, on May 6, 1937. Thirty-six people (about one-third of those on board) perished in the accident, which was widely reported by film, photographic, and radio media. The Hindenburg was named after Paul von Hindenburg (1847-1934), the President of Germany (1925–1934). It was to have been named the Adolf Hitler but Hugo Eckener, director of Luftschiffbau Zeppelin, would not permit that because of his anti-Nazi politics.
 
 
LZ 129 Hindenburg was a German zeppelin. It and its sister-ship LZ 130 Graf Zeppelin II were the largest aircraft ever built. In its second year of service, it was destroyed by a fire while landing at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Manchester, New Jersey, USA, on May 6, 1937. Thirty-six people (about one-third of those on board) perished in the accident, which was widely reported by film, photographic, and radio media. The Hindenburg was named after Paul von Hindenburg (1847-1934), the President of Germany (1925–1934). It was to have been named the Adolf Hitler but Hugo Eckener, director of Luftschiffbau Zeppelin, would not permit that because of his anti-Nazi politics. More...

 
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