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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. 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

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© Mary Evans Picture Library/TOM GILLMOR

Accident Air Field Air Ship Auxiliary Bedford Cardington Corp Humourous Lifting Lifts Mast Member R101 Rigid Tragedy Waac


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