Lakehurst Maxfield Field , Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Lakehurst, NJ
One can be forgiven for thinking that the dirigible Hindenburg only lives in yellowed newspapers and black-and-white newsreels. After all, the great tragedy occurred back in 1937 and no one flies dirigibles any more precisely because of the horrendous inferno. Well, nothing could be further from the truth. The Hindenburg lives on at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, in Trenton, New Jersey. There you will find an anchor chain placed on the ground where the command capsule came to rest and burned.
To see the Hindenburg crash site reserve a spot on the weekly Wednesday tour that originates at the nearby Cathedral of the Air. A guide will explain the events of that day in a brief 30-minute walk that goes around the crash site, then you’ll be taken into the 20-story tall, 900-foot long Hanger One where you’ll see remnants of Hindenburg — charred members of the airframe, twisted dinner utensils — and so on. The hanger contains a nearly full-scale model of an aircraft carrier and other curios but the centerpiece of this tour is the Hindenburg and through this visit a piece of history will come to life.
Because this tour takes place on an active military base so you will need identification, and cannot be a foreign national to enter.
Tour Information: Tours are conducted every Wednesday and on the second and fourth Saturday of the month. Reservations must be made two weeks in advanceVisit museum website