Incredible video of the Hindenburg in 1937 going up in flames

This footage from the British Pathe archive shows the Hindenburg flying peacefully around and then cuts to the mighty airship in flames as it hits the ground.

via Kottke

 

The incredible shot shows the airship exploding and disintegrating in less than half a minute in New Jersey, 1937.

It had departed from Frankfurt, Germany, three days earlier and travelled at a speed of 85 miles/hour over the Atlantic Ocean. Of the 97 people on-board 35 perished as well as one member of the ground crew.

“The incident shattered public confidence in the giant, passenger-carrying rigid airship and marked the end of the airship era.” (wikipedia)