Way Back When... 1936
Published 12:00 am, Sunday, October 1, 2017
LZ 129 Hindenburg, a German commercial passenger-carrying airship designed and built by the Zeppelin Company, flew from March 1936 until it was destroyed by fire on May 6, 1937.
At the time of its destruction, the Hindenburg was in its second season of service and was at the end of its first North American transatlantic journey.
Thirty-six people died in the accident, which occurred while landing at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey.
A video, taken in October of 1936, (which can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=90&v=MinmbjRta3w)shows the Hindenburg sailing over Hartford, seven months before its destruction.
The video seems to be filmed from the roof of one of the Travelers Insurance company’s buildings in Hartford. Visible is Travelers tower building and the now-gone WTIC radio tower.