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The Zeppelin LZ 129 Hindenburg belonged to the longest class of flying machines and the largest airships by envelope volume. It was able to carry 50 passengers plus crew members and made many transatlantic flights which took two to three days. The Zeppelin LZ 129 Hindenburg flew from March 1936 until May 6, 1937 when a fire at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Manchester Township, New Jersey, destroyed the airship and killed 36 people. Gardner Hinckley Prescott traveled on the Zeppelin LZ 129 Hindenburg from New Jersey to Germany in June 1936.



Processing Information

Arranged, described, and encoded Patti Williams, 2020.


Prescott, Gardner Hinckley


June 30, 1936


Christine Prescott-Allen, Gift, 2020, NASM.2020.0030


0.01 Cubic feet (One legal folder)


This collection is in English.


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Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Personal correspondence

Arrangement note

This is a single item.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a handwritten letter, dated June 30, 1936 and on Hotel Graf Zeppelin stationery, from Gardner Hinckley Prescott to his mother, Evelyn Munroe Prescott, recounting his trip on the Zeppelin LZ 129 Hindenburg departing on June 23, 1936 from New Jersey for German. In the letter, Gardner Hinckley Prescott provides a detailed description of the interior space and accommodations onboard the airship as well as a list of the other passengers on board, which included the German boxer Max Schmeling. The collection also includes a typed transcript of the letter created by the donor.


Personal correspondence -- 1880-1970


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Topics Zeppelin LZ 129 Hindenburg
Transatlantic flights


Zeppelin LZ 129 Hindenburg 1936 Transatlantic Crossing Account (Prescott) , NASM.2020.0030, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

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