was a German airship, named after the 11th President of Germany, Paul von Hindenburg. It was one of the largest airships ever built, measuring 245 meters (803 feet) long and 41 meters (135 feet) in diameter. The Hindenburg made several commercial flights across the Atlantic Ocean between Germany and the United States in 1936 and 1937. On May 6, 1937, during one of its scheduled flights to the United States, the Hindenburg caught fire and crashed while attempting to land at the Naval Air Station in Lakehurst, New Jersey. The disaster resulted in the deaths of 36 people, including 13 passengers and 22 crew members, as well as one ground crew member. The cause of the disaster is still not definitively known, but it is believed to have been caused by a combination of factors, including the highly flammable hydrogen gas used to inflate the airship, an electrical spark, and poor weather conditions. The Hindenburg disaster was a significant event in aviation history and marked the end of the era of airship travel.