Navy Lakehurst Historical Society, Inc is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the distinguished heritage of Naval Air Station Lakehurst, located in Lakehurst, New Jersey, USA.
PRESS RELEASELAKEHURST- The Navy Lakehurst Historical Society located in historic Hangar #1 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst will conduct its annual Commemoration and Memorial Service to mark the 82nd Anniversary of the HINDENBURG disaster which occurred at Lakehurst when the giant German passenger Zeppelin burned while landing here on the evening of May 6. 1937. One of the most famous accidents in history, it was also the first major accident to be captured on motion picture film and in a radio voice recording "as it happened" in addition to conventional still-photo photography and remains one of the most famous and fateful incidents in New Jersey, local and aviation history.
In addition to the commemorating the loss of the HINDENBURG and other losses in the Lighter-Than-Air activities involving the former Naval Air Station at Lakehurst, this year's event will also honor Lieutenant (later Admiral) Richard Nott Antrim, a young officer who was on duty as part of the HINDENBURG landing crew whose later heroism in World War II would earn him the Medal Of Honor and there will also be special recognition marking this year as the 90th Anniversary for the August 1929"Round The World Flight" of the HINDENBURG's predecessor, the famous German airship GRAF ZEPPELIN, an event in which Lakehurst amd its giant Hangar #1 played a prominent role as the starting and ending point for the epic 21-day journey with stops in Germany, Japan and California.
Among the featured guest speakers will be Dr. Horst K. Schirmer of Maryland, whose Father was one of the designers of the HINDENBURG and who himself travelled as a guest passenger on test flights of the HINDENBURG in Germany as a chlld, making him one of the very last living people to have stepped aboard and flown on one of the sky giants. Dr. Schirmer will speak of his reminiscences and be available for interview afterward.
The event will take place at the original HINDENBURG crash site at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (Lakehurst entrance on Route 547 on May 6 beginning at 630pm. We regret that due to Base Security reasons we have been informed that attendance at this event will be limited to Military Personnel, Official and Invited Guests and Members of the Navy Lakehurst Historical Society. For information please call Navy Lakehurst Historical Society President Carl Jablonski at 732-244-8861.