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The Hindenburg Disaster by Cameron Stegura
Transcript of The Hindenburg Disaster by Cameron Stegura
The Diesel Theory
This theory says that the fuel that started the engines might have started the fire. A diesel leak from a faulty fuel pump may have caught fire.
The Gas Leak
This theory says that the Commander Pruss's turns were too sharp and caused a support wire to snap in the ship and ripping open one of the hydrogen gas tanks.
The Lightning theory
The Hindenburg has been struck many times by lightning with no damage done. But, there were no witnesses to see the lightning and there was no thunder storm nearby to strike the zeppelin.
The 5 Theories
There were five theories that people think of what happened to the Hindenburg.
At 7:25 p.m. May 6, 1937 as the Hindenburg was about to land in New Jersey, a flame appeared on the outer cover of the back of the Hindenburg. Within 34 seconds the Hindenburg was covered in flames. The passengers could only react in a few seconds. Some jumped out of windows some fell, and a lot could not survive the fall. The other passengers on board got stuck in the ship by moved furniture.
The zeppelin company was going to fill the Hindenburg with helium, but helium was hard to produce at that time so they had to put hydrogen in the zeppelin, therefore making it more flammable. Even a small bomb could have set the Hindenburg to ashes in just a few minutes. The Hindenburg was named after a national hero who had been elected Germanys president in 1925.
The Hindenburg was nearly 800 ft. long, it was nearly the size of the Titanic. The Hindenburg had a max speed of 84 mph. Also the Hindenburg had a gas capacity of 7,062,000 cubic feet. It had Its first flight on March 4, 1936.
On May 3, 1937 for just $400 a ticket the Hindenburg took off from Frankfurt, Germany airfeild to land at Lakehurst Naval air station in New Jersey. The Hindenburg already had done 63 flights around the world.
When the Hindenburg took off the passengers were taken by surprise of how smooth the ride was. The Hindenburg maintained an altitude of about 650ft. and was going 78 mph.
The Flammable Skin theory
A theory made by Addison Bain, manager of NASA's hydrogen program, was that the fire was not caused by burning hydrogen. Bain thinks the doping solution used to stretch and waterproof the hull was responsible.
The Sabotage Theory
A little bit of the crew survived and they predicted it was sabotage. This ship was a symbol of german power. Hitler's government helped pay for the Hindenburgs construction. A guy named Joseph Spah, a passenger who survived, was going to the cargo area several times to visit his dog that he was bringing home to his children. Later a man named Erich Spehl, who died in the crash, was thought to be the assassin because he was thought to have anti-nazi feeling.