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Book Description

First edition. 176 pages. James Leasor's account of the tragedy of the R101 airship, which crashed with the loss of all but six lives on its maiden voyage in October 1930. Blue boards with title on spine in good condition except for slight fade to the top and bottom of spine and bottom of front board. Dust wrapper is complete and has some slight wear on top and bottom of spine otherwise in very good condition. Some very light scattered foxing and some yellowing to the page edges. Contents clean with numerous photographs. There are two date stamps on front end paper and an inscription from on of the survivors ( John H Binks, Ex R101.) dated 1957
Dealer Notes
R101 was one of a pair of British rigid airships completed in 1929 as part of a British government programme to develop civil airships capable of service on long-distance routes within the British Empire. It was designed and built by an Air Ministry–appointed team and was effectively in competition with the government-funded but privately designed and built R100. When built, it was the world's largest flying craft[2] at 731 ft (223 m) in length, and it was not surpassed by another hydrogen-filled rigid airship until the LZ 129 Hindenburg was launched seven years later.

After trial flights and subsequent modifications to increase lifting capacity, which included lengthening the ship by 46 ft (14 m) to add another gasbag,[ the R101 crashed in France during its maiden overseas voyage on 5 October 1930, killing 48 of the 54 people on board. Among the passengers killed were Lord Thomson, the Air Minister who had initiated the programme, senior government officials, and almost all the dirigible's designers from the Royal Airship Works.
Author Leasor, James
Date 1957
Binding Hardback
Publisher Hamish Hamilton
Illustrator N/A
Condition Very Good Plus
Pages 176

Price: £350.00

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