May 6, 1937: The Hindenberg Disaster

While trying to dock with its mooring mast in New Jersey, United States, the German passenger airship, Hindenberg,  filled with hydrogen, caught fire. 97 people were on board – 36 died. This was the end of using airships for transportation. WWII started 2 years later,  and by the end of the war, it was clear that planes would be the transportation system for passengers in the future.

  1. Write a transportation story – that is, the trips you have taken by car, plane, boat, etc.
  2. Times I could have been killed – or at least seriously injured.
  3. We use helium now to fill party balloons because hydrogen near flame will explode.
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