Hindenburg disaster investigation, 1937

Hindenburg disaster investigation, 1937

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Caption: Hindenburg disaster investigation. Bureau of Air Commerce Board and advisors at the official investigation of the burning of the Hindenburg airship. At small table centre (left to right): R.W. Schroeder, Colonel South Trimble, Jr. (Chairman) and Dennis Mulligan. At large table behind (left to right): Technical advisors Commander Charles E. Rosendahl, USN; Gill R. Wilson; Colonel R.B. Lincoln, U.S. Army; Lieutenant Colonel C. de F. Chandler; and Colonel H.E. Hartney. Seated at right (left to right): G.C. Lovening, Frederick Hoffman, Dr. Hugo Eckener and Ludwig Durr. The Hindenburg airship caught fire and was destroyed on 6th May 1937, during its attempt to dock with its mooring mast at Naval Air Station (NAS) Lakehurst, New Jersey, USA. Of the 97 crew and passengers on board 35 were killed, along with one member of the ground crew. The balloon was filled with hydrogen, a highly flammable gas. This chart was used by the board investigating the disaster

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