Holding up the R101
A member of the WAAC - the Women's Army Auxiliary Corp - 'holds up' the R101 Airship, riding at her home mast at Cardington, Bedford. R101 was a British rigid airship completed in 1929 as part of the Imperial Airship Scheme. After initial flights and two enlargements to the lifting volume, it crashed on October 5, 1930, in France, during its maiden overseas voyage, killing 48 people. Amongst airship accidents of the 1930s, the loss of life surpassed the Hindenburg disaster of 1937, and was second only to that of the USS Akron crash of 1933. The demise of R101 effectively ended British employment of rigid airships.
© Mary Evans Picture Library/TOM GILLMOR
Wunstorf Airfield, near Hanover, 1948
Photograph showing Wunstorf Airfield, near Hanover, in the British controlled zone of Germany, with a large number of 'Dakota' and 'York' airplanes lined up for use during the 'Berlin Airlift', 1948. Between April 1948 and May 1949 Stalin, leader of the USSR, imposed a land blockade on supplies from Western Europe to West Berlin. In response the British and American governments organised an enormous airlift to supply food and other essentials to the 2.5 million inhabitants of West Berlin. After a year Stalin conceded defeat and lifted the land blockade.
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
Morane-Saulnier N and Henry Farman biplane, WW1
A Morane-Saulnier Type N French monoplane fighter aircraft, with Lieutenant Bayetto of the RFC (Royal Flying Corps) in the cockpit during the First World War. In the background is a Henry Farman biplane (dating from 1910-1911) with a 50hp Gnome engine. Date: 1915-1918
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