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Service of the world's first North Transatlantic airline came to an abrupt end on May 6, 1937 when the airship Hindenburg burned while making the first landing of the 1937 season at Lakehurst, New Jersey, approximately 50 miles from New York City. This first flight of the 1937 season was intended to recommence and expand the highly successful 1936 series of flights between Frankfurt am Main, Germany and the United States.
Lakehurst Naval Air Station was selected as the US terminus for North Atlantic Zeppelin flights because of the facility designed for servicing rigid airships, which included all the US Navy rigids, Shenandoah, Los Angeles, Akron and Macon, and the base had also hosted the Graf Zeppelin on three occasions. As an active military base, civilians associated with Hindenburg arrivals and departures were required to aoffere by certain Navy protocols to obtain admission and access to the landing area, including identification passes to be prominently displayed at all times while on base. This tag is a Lakehurst Naval Air Ststion Press Pass, issued for what both issuer and recipient were sure was another routine assignment that would turn out to be anything but. The pass, which was good only for the date of issue, has explicit directions for use, including its disposal. The pass bears an ink stamp facsimile signature of base commander Charles E, Rosendahl, the flight number and date of issue. As the Hindenburg was lost on this flight, the 1937 materials, designed for the whole season and series of 18 flights would be used only on May 6. In contrast to 1936 Lakehurst ephemera, the 1937 press pass denotes Hindenburg flights as the transatlantic airship "service" while flights were designated as a "demonstration" in 1936. Pass evidences wear commensurate with its 80 years of age, though is in overall very good condition. Thank you for looking at this and my other sales.
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