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Old 8 December 2000, 09:12 AM   #1
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The latest issue of Cross and Cockade had pictures of two British rigid airships(R9 and R25). I presume they were used on anti-submarine duty. Does anyone know how many R types Britain had and how they might have been used other than chasing U-Boats. Thanks in advance.

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Old 8 December 2000, 10:47 PM   #2
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Hi Leo,

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Old 12 December 2000, 08:19 AM   #3
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the last was R101 CRASHED Bauvaias France on flight to India 1931? the R100 was successful on its return flight to Canada but brocken up after the R101 disaster basically it was over loaded and badly designed see also the book by NEVILE SHUTE[NORWAY] titled Slide Rule.
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The R-101 crashed at Beauvais on 5 October 1930 during a flight that was to have taken in both Egypt and India. Earlier that year, the R-100 had reached a speed of 81.5 mph in a test flight; I think this record as the fastest airship in the world still stands. Also, the 'ship safely made a double crossing of the Atlantic, out 29 July - 1 August and back 13-16 August 1930.

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The comparative histories of the R-100/R-101 is a microcosm of the divide between public and private corporate development.

The R-100 was a private venture, designed and developed by a smallish team led by Barnes Wallis, and with Neville Shute (later a noted author and also founder of Airspeed Aviation)as chief designer. As noted by Graeme, it was among the more successful airships.

The R-101 was a government venture, and when it was seen as being economically unsound, additional constant section cells were added, extending its length considerably and at the same time making it unstable, slow to gain altitude, and difficult to handle. This ultimately led to its failure during the storm at Beauvais. British aviation lost a prime advocate with the death of sir Sefton Brancker in the disaster.


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Old 14 December 2000, 02:45 PM   #6
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If I may be permitted to answer my own inquiry, the UK built 4 dirigibles 1914-1918. The R9, 23,24,25 and were working on R80 at wars end. They were smaller tan the Zepps, but were of a high order. They were used for sub patrol, escorting ships, training and testing only.

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