British Airships 1905-30 by Ian Castle

By Ian Castle

At a time whilst German U-Boats have been ruthlessly attacking the maritime convoys engaged in bringing crucial offers to British shorelines, British airships performed an important position in neutralizing this chance and have been an important in allowing Britain to ultimately emerge effective. In 1907 the British military equipped the military's first airship, and on the outbreak of global conflict I there have been a complete of 7 airships less than keep watch over of the Admiralty, searching U-Boats from the skies. This e-book finds the interesting tale of the cat and mouse duel among the airship and one other pioneering type of expertise - the submarine. particular cut-away drawings demonstrate the layout and improvement of the airship, in the course of and after the struggle, when full-color illustrations depict the airship in dramatic motion photographs. a sad coincidence in 1930 introduced the airship's army provider to an finish, leading to a tiny window within which they have been used and little acknowledgement through the years. Ian Knight provides deserved cognizance to an aeronautical ask yourself that for a quick period of time performed a very important carrier to the safety of england.

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34 left East Fortune, Scotland, and headed west, destination New York. 34 safely arrived on Long Island after a flight of 108 hours. It was the first east–west aerial crossing of the Atlantic, achieved just three weeks after Alcock and Brown’s aeroplane crossing on the west–east route. 34 headed homewards, covering the return distance aided by strong tail winds in 75 hours, and, redirected to Pulham, completed the first aerial round trip from Britain to America and back. 34 moved between East Fortune, Pulham and Howden, from where it set off on a training flight on 21 January 1921.

As well as technical information, the website also gives access to contemporary newsreel footage of many of the airships highlighted in this book. In addition, the AHT publishes an excellent journal, Dirigible, three times a year. 27 photographed from one of the attacking Hansa-Brandenburg seaplanes. A trawler skipper, watching from afar, reported: ‘A cloud of smoke, very large and dense, hung in the sky for a long while’. com INDEX Figures in bold refer to illustrations. 23 Class 26–28, 27, C (28) 23X Class 28, 28, 30 Air Battalion, Royal Engineers 5–6 Air Council 31 Airship Guarantee Company 36 Airships Ltd 16, 18, 19 Antoinette engines 6 armament 38 bombs 20, 22, 23, 24, 26, 40, E (40) depth charges 20, 39, 42 Lewis guns 20, 24, 26, 39, E (40) Armstrong Whitworth Ltd.

27. 27 spotted a floating mine and opened up with a Lewis gun to try to destroy it. 9 approached and opened fire too, but still the mine did not explode. Two armed trawlers then arrived and, believing the airships were indicating the presence of a submarine with their gunfire, one of them, the Marne II, dropped two depth charges, oblivious to the mine now floating just a couple of yards off its port bow. 27 down close to the trawler and advised her captain of the danger. 27 the other. Much to Elliot’s surprise, the trawler then ‘opened fire at mine with Forward Gun when I was right across her bows about 100 yards away from him and height 200ft’.

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