This is the LZ 129 Hindenburg being moved into a hangar in Lakehurst, New Jersey, on May 9, 1936. A year later—on May 6, 1937—it would be destroyed by fire in one of the most famous air accidents in history.
Joseph Spah survived the disastrous crash of the Hindenburg on May 6, 1937. How did he do it? Spah was a comedic acrobat, who was forced to put some of his tumbling skills to good use to save his life. He broke a window and jumped out as the burning airship fell to the ground. He told the newspapers his story, where…
The bombing of Nagasaki, the explosion of the Hindenburg, and the Challenger disaster have all been immortalized into smoke-filled photography. Artist Brock Davis has reproduced those iconic explosions in an unlikely medium: cauliflower.
Ever since the Hindenburg disaster in 1937, airships have been a largely abandoned technology, their continued existence consigned to being a quick shorthand for alternate universes in science fiction. But now, 75 years later, airships might be ready to return.
Human ingenuity, our ceaseless drive to invent, create, and build, is one of our species's greatest strengths. But sometimes people just don't know what the hell they're doing. Here are the most ridiculous engineering disasters in human history.