On March 4, 1936, the Hindenburg aircraft took off for its first flight in Germany. There were 87 crew and passengers aboard the flight. It took 5 years to build the airliner which would eventually fly to the U.S. and Brazil. The Hindenburg flew passengers for its first commercial flight on March 23.
A one-way flight from Germany to the U.S. back then, cost $400. Today, that flight would set you back $6,800.
Initially slated to use helium to stay afloat, restrictions ultimately required the airliner to use the highly-flammable hydrogen instead.
Little more than a year later, the Hindenburg would make a final and deadly flight to New Jersey with 97 people on board.
It burst into flames as it prepared to dock at a Naval air station, killing 36 people.
(H/T New York Daily News)