May 6 - 1937 - The Hindenburg Disaster
The Hindenburg was not the first large airship to crash, nor was it the deadliest airship crash. Instead, it was the most spectacular and most well covered airship disaster, as the Hindenburg exploded into a huge fireball that was reported on in newspapers, newsreels, and, most famously, radio. In a way, that fit what the Hindenburg was as a flying vessel. As an airship, a large balloon that could be used for passenger travel, the Hindenburg was the most luxurious and spectacular ship of its kind, and it was used as a propaganda tool by the Nazi regime. In 1937, its second year in service, the Hindenburg was scheduled to fly from Germany to America, which made many reporters wait at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station to see it land. They got a front row view to the ship catch fire and crash to the ground, all of which happened in less than a minute. The horror was perfectly captured by radio broadcaster Herbert Morrison, who famously exclaimed "Oh, the humanity," as the Hindenburg fell to the ground. With the crash of the Hindenburg, the era of the airship came to an end.