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R101 Collection

Background imageR101 Collection: Interior of the R101 airship

Interior of the R101 airship
Amenities of the giant British airship R101, showing the smoking room, a typical two-berth cabin, and passengers looking down on the lights of a city from the starboard promenade deck

Background imageR101 Collection: Airship R101 G-FaW moored outside the hangars

Airship R101 G-FaW moored outside the hangars
Airship R101, G-FaW, moored outside the hangars at Cardington while onlookers view from the road and the top deck of a bus

Background imageR101 Collection: Holding up the R101

Holding up the R101
A member of the WaC - the Womens Army Auxiliary Corp - holds up the R101 Airship, riding at her home mast at Cardington, Bedford

Background imageR101 Collection: Airship R101 at Cardington

Airship R101 at Cardington

Background imageR101 Collection: R101 airship on mooring mast

R101 airship on mooring mast
The R101 airship attached to a mooring mast, Cardington RAF Base. Date: circa 1930

Background imageR101 Collection: Airship R101 G-FaW moored alongside the hangars

Airship R101 G-FaW moored alongside the hangars
Airship R101, G-FaW, moored alongside the hangars at Cardington

Background imageR101 Collection: The R101 before Flight

The R101 before Flight
THE R.101 : hundreds of men are required to manoeuvre the cumbersome airship on the ground, preparatory to its disastrous first (and last) flight

Background imageR101 Collection: R101 at Cardington, Bedford

R101 at Cardington, Bedford
The R101 Airship, riding at her home mast at Cardington, Bedford, seen behind the two massive Airship Hangars. R101 was a British rigid airship completed in 1929 as part of the Imperial Airship

Background imageR101 Collection: The final flight of R 101, she crashed the next day

The final flight of R 101, she crashed the next day

Background imageR101 Collection: R101 at Cardington - 1

R101 at Cardington - 1
The R.101 at its mooring mast at Cardington

Background imageR101 Collection: AIRSHIP / R101 CRASH / 1930

AIRSHIP / R101 CRASH / 1930
The skeleton of the R.101 sits in a field near Beauvais, France, after the crash during its first and last flight. Date: 5 October 1930

Background imageR101 Collection: Airship R101 leaving the mooring mast at Cardington

Airship R101 leaving the mooring mast at Cardington on the day of its departure to India. 4 October 1930. Date: 1930

Background imageR101 Collection: Airship R101 at its mooring mast at Cardington

Airship R101 at its mooring mast at Cardington

Background imageR101 Collection: A flying hotel: passenger quarters in airship R101

A flying hotel: passenger quarters in airship R101
A flying " hotel" : the remarkable passenger quarters in Britains new giant airship, R101. The worlds largest airship

Background imageR101 Collection: Royal Airship Works R-101

Royal Airship Works R-101
R-101 Airship Parked Tethered to a Docking Tower by Airport Buildings and Cars at Cardington, Bedfordshire Date: 1929

Background imageR101 Collection: Power and control in R101

Power and control in R101
The first diesel-engined airship: power and control in R101. Illustrations of some of the features of R101: a power car, the chart room, and mooring arrangements

Background imageR101 Collection: Military honours for dead of R101

Military honours for dead of R101
French homage to Britains dead in the great airship R101 disaster: the moving final scene at Beauvais - Spahis saluting the coffins, borne on French artillery wagons

Background imageR101 Collection: R101 engine car on a testbed

R101 engine car on a testbed

Background imageR101 Collection: R101 at Cardington - 2

R101 at Cardington - 2
The huge R.101 at its mooring mast at Cardington

Background imageR101 Collection: The wreckage of the crashed British Airship R101

The wreckage of the crashed British Airship R101 near Beauvais, France - whilst on a flight to India Date: 1930

Background imageR101 Collection: Airship Bournemouth. Maiden flight at RAF Cardington

Airship Bournemouth. Maiden flight at RAF Cardington
Airship Bournemouth. Maiden flight at RAF Balloon Centre, Cardington. Built for Festival of Britian, for the Airship Club under the direction of Lord Vantry - being the first built in Britain since

Background imageR101 Collection: R101 as the air ministers office, 1929

R101 as the air ministers office, 1929
R101 as the air ministers office: the second flight of Britains giant airship. Meteorological offices at Cardington; air minister Lord Thomson about to ascend the mooring mast of the R101 by

Background imageR101 Collection: Inside the control car of the R101

Inside the control car of the R101

Background imageR101 Collection: Hamleys Christmas presents advertisement, 1929

Hamleys Christmas presents advertisement, 1929
Full page advertisement for Hamleys toy shop featuring a number of ideas for Christmas 1929 including a bunny nightie and hot water bottle case

Background imageR101 Collection: R101 from Common Room window

R101 from Common Room window Date: 1927

Background imageR101 Collection: R101 engine car with thrust bearing wire to airscrew hub

R101 engine car with thrust bearing wire to airscrew hub

Background imageR101 Collection: Beardmore Tornado engine

Beardmore Tornado engine mounted in the lower half of and engine car of the R101

Background imageR101 Collection: The R101 airship during construction

The R101 airship during construction showing the structure and a partially inflated gasbag

Background imageR101 Collection: Airship R101 at its mooring mast

Airship R101 at its mooring mast. Colour tinted photo

Background imageR101 Collection: Sqn Ldr Bone and French air officials examine R101 wreckage

Sqn Ldr Bone and French air officials examine R101 wreckage
Sqn Ldr Bone and French air officials examine the wreckage of the R101. 6 October 1930. Date: 1930

Background imageR101 Collection: The wreckage of the R101

The wreckage of the R101

Background imageR101 Collection: Airship R101 at alongside its mooring mast at Cardington

Airship R101 at alongside its mooring mast at Cardington

Background imageR101 Collection: R101 at the mooring mast

R101 at the mooring mast
The R101 at the mooring mast where she is being prepared for her flight to India; she has been lengthened by 50ft and fitted with two new engines

Background imageR101 Collection: Victims of the R101 airship disaster

Victims of the R101 airship disaster
A holocaust of air experts: victims of the R101 disaster. The British R101 airship crashed near Beauvais in France, on its maiden voyage to Egypt and India, on 5th October 1930

Background imageR101 Collection: R101 at Cardington - 3

R101 at Cardington - 3
The 223-metre long R.101 on the ground at Cardington : a great many men are required to hold it down to earth. Date: 1929

Background imageR101 Collection: Air Vice-Marshal Sir W Sefton Brancker

Air Vice-Marshal Sir W Sefton Brancker
Air Vice-Marshal Sir William Sefton Brancker (1877 - 1930), Director of Civil Aviation, killed in the R101 airship disaster on 5th October 1930

Background imageR101 Collection: Tail of wrecked R101 airship at Beauvais

Tail of wrecked R101 airship at Beauvais
The shape of the tail fins and rudder of the R101 airship can be clearly seen amid the wreckage after it crashed on 5th October 1930 near Beauvais, France, on its maiden voyage

Background imageR101 Collection: Lord Thomson

Lord Thomson
Brigadier-General Lord Thomson, Christopher Birdwood, 1st Baron Thomson (1875 - 1930), Secretary of State for Air; killed in the R101 airship disaster

Background imageR101 Collection: R101 survivors arrive at Croydon

R101 survivors arrive at Croydon
Survivors of the R101 airship crash near Beauvais, France, on 5th October 1930 arrive at Croydon Airport ten days later

Background imageR101 Collection: Wreckage of R101 airship

Wreckage of R101 airship
The mangled wreckage of the British R101 airship which crashed on 5th October 1930 near Beauvais, France, on its maiden voyage

Background imageR101 Collection: Diagram of R101 crash

Diagram of R101 crash
A diagram showing how the British R101 airship dived twice and crashed on a hillside of Allonne, near Beauvais, France on 5th October 1930 on its maiden voyage

Background imageR101 Collection: Flag of the R101 airship

Flag of the R101 airship
The torn flag of the British R101 airship salvaged from the wreck after the airship crashed on 5th October 1930 near Beauvais, France, on its maiden voyage

Background imageR101 Collection: R101 CRASH - 1

R101 CRASH - 1
THE R.101 : badly designed, inadequately tested and overloaded, the airship crashes near Beauvais, France, on its way to India

Background imageR101 Collection: R100 Mooring Tower

R100 Mooring Tower
THE R.100 : mooring tower erected at Howden, Yorkshire, for R.100s projected transatlantic service, which alas never came into being due to the R.101 crash

Background imageR101 Collection: R101 CRASH - 2

R101 CRASH - 2
THE R.101 : badly designed, inadequately tested and overloaded, the airship crashes near Beauvais, France, on its way to India



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