THE airship Hindenburg was destroyed by fire at 6.25 p.m., E.S.T.,1 May 6, 1937, at the naval air station, Lakehurst, N.J. The airship was completing its first scheduled demonstration flight for the 1937 season, between Frankfurt, Germany, and Lakehurst. It had departed from Frankfurt about 8.15 p.m., G.M.T., Monday, May 3, and was due at Lakehurst on the morning of Thursday, May 6. It was due out of Lakehurst at 10 p.m., E.S.T. that night. Because of unfavourable winds encountered en route, its arrival at Lakehurst was deferred until 6 p.m., Thursday evening, and departure was to be postponed until midnight or later in order to reservice and prepare for the return voyage.
Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology – Emerald Publishing
Published: Oct 1, 1937