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The end of R101

Posted in Anniversary, Aviation, History on Friday, 24 September 2010

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The end of R101. Illustration by Graham Coton

5 October marks the anniversary of the destruction of the British airship R101 on its maiden voyage in 1930. The rigid airship was completed in 1929 and after test flights, it set out on its maiden voyage to Karachi, India, from Cardington, Bedfordshire, at 6.24 p.m. with 12 passengers.

The flight was erratic from the start and,over France, the airship nosedived into the ground, where she burst into flames, killing 47 immediately. A 48th victim died in hospital 3 days later.

The disaster effectively ended the idea of rigid airships being used for public transport in the UK.

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