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Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst

Lakehurst, New Jersey

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Navy Lakehurst, as it is collectively known, occupies 7412 acres in the million-acre Pinelands National Reserve in central New Jersey. It is also the site of the infamous 1937 crash of the Hindenburg.
Previously known as Naval Air Station Lakehurst, the installation is most famous as the site of the Hindenburg disaster on 6 May 1937. Despite the notoriety and well-documented nature of this incident, today there is a simple memorial that denotes the location of the crash at then-NAS Lakehurst in the field behind the large airship hangars on base. A ground marker, painted black, and rimmed by a bright yellow painted chain, locates where the gondola of the German zeppelin Hindenburg hit the ground.

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