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AIRSHIP CLASSICS

R.34

R.38 / ZR-2

R100

R101

BOOKS

Kenneth Deacon <kendea@speed-mail.co.uk>
Howden's Airship Station
Covers the history of the RNAS at Howden from 1915 until today.

Few people outside the small market town of Howden know that the R100 was the successful airship and it was the R101which failed and crashed in France. The aim of this book is to try and piece together the story of Howden's Royal Naval Airship Station in World War One. The station that once housed the largest airship shed in the world, and was the birthplace of the R100 airship.

It covers the successes and disasters that befell some of the airships based there. The ups and downs of the airship station, and the story of the Barnes Wallis designed R100 airship in the 1920s. The book explains the need for an airship station to be built at Howden. How the "Howden Pigs" contained the U-boat threat to the east coast ports in World War One. How the people of Howden dealt with the crash of the R38 airship that broke up over Hull in 1921. The revolutionary experiments carried out using the R33 airship. How the R34, after her successful Trans-Atlantic flight was destroyed at Howden. The part that the famous author Nevil Shute, who lived in Howden for three years at the start of his writing
career played in the building of the R100 airship. And, away from airships, it tells of the Burney "Steamline"car, designed at Howden by Sir Dennis Burney, shaped as an airship and once owned by the Prince of Wales in the 1930s. What it was like to live on the station in the 1920's and in the 50's. What remains today of this once massive airship station.

The book can be purchased from Langrick Publications at 8 Langrick Ave. Howden East Yorkshire DN14 7SN at the price of £3.95 plus £1.00 postage and packing. Make cheques/postal orders payable to Langrick Publications.

John Grant Fuller
The Airmen Who Would Not Die
New York -- Putnam --1979 --ISBN: 0399122648
Fascinating story of the "Titanic of the Air," the English luxury dirigible R-101 that crashed in 1930. Some claim a cover up for the cause of the crash. Fuller claims the cover up was used because "The testimony detailing the death agonies of the R-101 came from a courageous psychic's contact with the airmen who had died in the flames!" The psychic was Eileen Garrett. Also involved in this fascinating research are Harry Price and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, among many others. Berkley paperback.

George Whale (Late Major, R.A.F.):
British Airships, Past / Present / Future
London and New York -- John Lane Company -- 1919
Full online text via the Gutenburg Project. A compact, though very informative, history of airships in general with detailed history of early British airships.

MAGAZINES

The Aeroplane (UK)
of October 8, 15 & up 1998? for a description of the crash aftermath, the funeral and the occupants of the R101.

Dirigible: The Journal of the Airship & Ballon Museum. (UK)
Vol. V No 1. -- R101 SPECIAL EDITION Illus.; 20pp. folio orig. wrappers, Reprint, 1994. £5 * Includes the 3pp article, "Lawrence of Arabia and R101" which includes a previously unpublished picture of the Airship Shed at Karachi.

MUSIC

Curly's Airships
"... an epic work of words and music about the R.101 airship disaster of 1930, written in a new form of narrative rock music called songstory."

PAINTING

Dirigible Airship R101 Before Crashing in France

SOCIETIES

VIDEO

The Crash of the R101 and the Hindenburg
Mysteries and Myths of the Twentieth Century, v. 3 -- "The awful scene burns itself into the viewer's memory - a mammoth airship, larger than a battleship, suddenly erupts in a fireball and withing moments is reduced to a mass of flaming wreckage. The Hindenburg, a testament to German technological achievement, was destroyed in a few awful moments." Madacy VHS.

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