Unlike old blimps like the Hindenburg, the
Airlander 10 utilizes helium, a non-combustable gas, to stay afloat.
It is this final, unquestionably ignominious chapter in an otherwise distinguished career that continues to define historical interest in Hindenburg, the politician.
According to Anna von der Goltz, however, we have consistently underestimated the role of Hindenburg, the myth.
Sam MacDonald uses parts from SMS Hindenburg, the
last German ship scuttled in 1918 at Scapa Flow in the Orkneys, where he lives.
The 804-foot Hindenburg, the
largest aircraft ever to fly, carried about 1,600 passengers between Germany and the United States in 10 flights in 1936.
The dirigible, which had been invented by Zeppelin thirty-seven years earlier, came to an end as a major aeronautic device in May 6, 1937, when the German dirigible Hindenburg, the
largest ever built, exploded and burned at Lakehurst, New Jersey.