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ERIC Number: EJ1150597
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
The "Hindenburg" Disaster: Combining Physics and History in the Laboratory
DiLisi, Gregory A.
Physics Teacher, v55 n5 p268-273 May 2017
This May marks the 80th anniversary of the "Hindenburg" disaster. On May 6, 1937, the German passenger zeppelin "Hindenburg," hovering 300 feet in the air and held aloft by seven million cubic feet of hydrogen gas, burst into flames while preparing to dock at the Naval Air Station in Lakehurst, NJ (Fig. 1). Amazingly, the ensuing fire consumed the massive airship in only 35 seconds! In the aftermath, 35 of 97 people onboard died (13 passengers and 22 crewmen) plus one member of the ground crew. Herbert Morrison, the broadcaster from Chicago's WLS radio station, was on assignment that day covering the arrival of the majestic airship. Morrison's eyewitness account of the disaster is legendary audio history. In fact, Morrison's phrase, "Oh, the humanity!" has become a cultural idiom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey
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