Hindenburg-disaster solved

A British inventor claims to have ‘exploded’ the myths around the Hindenburg disaster – and discovered what really caused the German airship to catch fire.

Jem Stansfield, 37, says the airship was not destroyed by St Elmo’s Fire, or by sabotage, instead a new waterproof coating lit the fatal spark.

The German Airship was landing in Lakehurst New Jersey on May 6, 1937 when it exploded – putting an end to an experiment touted as the future of trans-Atlantic flight.

Thirty-five out of the 100 passengers on board died.

“To test the theories, we built three 30-metre-long hydrogen airships and blew them up,” says Jem Stansfield, 37, a British inventor and TV presenter, who created the models for a Channel 4 documentary.

“We blew them up in ways that corresponded to theories about the Hindenburg disaster. We looked for explosions that looked most like the way the Hindenburg went down – as airships burn, their buoyancy changes, so it’s quite distinctive.”





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