German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg is seen flying over Manhattan on May 6, 1937, hours before a disaster that killed 36 people and marked an end to the airship era.
While docking at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Manchester Township, New Jersey, the ship caught fire. The spectacular newsreel footage and eyewitness accounts of the accident shook public confidence in large rigid lighter-than-air aircraft and brought an end to what is known is the airship era.
It was the first Zeppelin to travel over the Atlantic to the US. It had already traveled from Germany to Brazil in 1936.