PHOTOS: When The Hindenburg Was The Height Of Luxe In-Flight Dining

    These days, in-flight meal service often consists of a packet of pretzels and a can of soda. It's a far cry from the days of the Hindenburg, where the sumptuous dining options included multi-course meals served in an opulent dining room. Before it became a byword for disaster 80 years ago this month, the Hindenburg was the state-of-the-art in ultra-luxury flight: a giant passenger airship composed of durable aluminum alloy filled with highly flammable hydrogen. (That would prove its downfall.) It was conceived as a swank transatlantic travel option for the well-heeled that was faster than the deluxe cruise liners of its day, making the journey in two and a half days — twice as fast as the Queen Mary, the star of the Cunard line. The German-made Hindenburg – a point of pride and propaganda for the Nazi regime — came with its own all-electric kitchen (run by a head chef, with several assistants), grand dining room and printed menus. Passengers were treated to lavish meals served on fineOriginal Article