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|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Series:||Penguin What Was... Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Lexile:||770L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
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What Was the Hindenburg?
On Thursday, May 6, 1937, a crowd gathered in Lakehurst, New Jersey. They were there to watch the airship Hindenburg land. Although the ship had arrived in Lakehurst several times before, it was still a thrilling sight. The Hindenburg was the first flying ship ever to carry passengers over the Atlantic Ocean to America.
A little while before 7:00 p.m., the Hindenburg appeared. It was a kind of ship called a zeppelin. This is a large balloon on a hard frame, filled with a gas that is lighter than air. It floats through the sky like a helium balloon. To hold enough gas to stay up, zeppelins had to be huge. The Hindenburg was almost a sixth of a mile long. It was shaped like a tube with rounded ends. Its surface was a shining silver. Despite its size, it floated lightly and quietly through the air, as much at home as a fish in water. As it began to sink gently toward the airfield, it was a beautiful sight.
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Copyright © 2014 Janet B. Pascal.
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