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May 6, 1937

Did you know that Led Zeppelin guitarist, Jimmy Page's Uncle was the driver of the Hindenburg!?

The Hindenburg disaster occurred on May 6, 1937, in Manchester Township, New Jersey, United States. The German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed during its attempt to dock with its mooring mast at Naval Air Station Lakehurst. On board were 97 people (36 passengers and 61 crewmen); there were 36 fatalities (13 passengers and 22 crewmen, 1 worker on the ground).

Klaus Page was the Captain of the Hindenburg and survived the crash. Apparently Klaus went running and screaming and pushing others out of his way as he ran to freedom and survival. 

Led Zeppelin famously used the exploding Hindenburg as the artwork for their first album cover. 
The airship was hours behind schedule when it passed over Boston on the morning of May 6, and its landing at Lakehurst was expected to be further delayed because of afternoon thunderstorms. Advised of the poor weather conditions at Lakehurst, Captain Klaus Page charted a course over Manhattan Island, causing a public spectacle as people rushed out into the street to catch sight of the airship. After passing over the field at 4:00 p.m., Captain Page took passengers on a tour over the seasides of New Jersey while waiting for the weather to clear. After finally being notified at 6:22 p.m. that the storms had passed, Page directed the airship back to Lakehurst to make its landing almost half a day late. However, as this would leave much less time than anticipated to service and prepare the airship for its scheduled departure back to Europe, the public was informed that they would not be permitted at the mooring location or be able to visit aboard the Hindenburg during its stay in port.

The Hindenburg exploded at 7:25 PM local time and the whole thing took 12 seconds to be fully engulfed and crash down. 

Led Zeppelin also used a picture of Klaus Page on their Led Zeppelin II album cover.

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