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Airship on a Shoestring the Story of R 100 [Hardcover]

John Anderson
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28 Jan 2014
After the First World War, airships were seen as the only viable means of long range air transport for passengers and freight. In Britain, this gave rise to the Imperial Airship Scheme of 1924 to link the outposts of the Empire by an airship service. Conceived as part of this scheme, the R.100 airship, built by private enterprise, successfully flew to Canada and back in 1930. This is the story of R.100, Britain's most successful passenger airship. It is a tale of schemes and politics, over-optimism and rivalry. It tells the full story of its design and construction under difficult conditions, the setbacks and delays, personal antagonism and financial constraint. Two years late and massively over budget, R.100 flew and flew well, achieving her designer's ambition and fulfilling the contract specification. Her Canadian flight in 1930 was the culminating success, but her ultimate fate was dictated by the tragedy that befell her Government-built sister ship, R.101, and economic expediency at a time of national economic depression.

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Authors Online (28 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755207351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755207350
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 390,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars An important piece of history 19 Mar 2014
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John Anderson has done a masterful job of telling an important part of aviation history. Few know of the amazing engineering accomplishments of a handful of people in the 1920's who dared to dream of "ships of the sky" that would carry hundreds of passengers thousands of miles. This book tells of the hundreds of innovations, and of the fortitude of the engineers, financiers, and airship crew who undertook this competition between private enterprise and government to see who could build the best airship. Weaved into this story are historic figures like Nevil Shute (Norway), Barnes Wallis, and others who played important roles in this enterprise. In spite of its tragic conclusion, this story is inspiring because of the amazing accomplishments of a relatively few dedicated people. If you are interested in aviation, this is a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Story of the R100 5 April 2014
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In this book John Anderson presents many technical details of the R100 never before widely published. It includes many pictures and diagrams which are very interesting. When you look at a picture of the nearly completed rigid frame and then look at a close-up of one of the numerous joints in the structure, you get some feel for the magnitude of the whole undertaking. The diagrams of the passenger and crew quarters clearly show the limited, Spartan accomodations which required a 700 foot airship to get them off the ground. The section based on Nevil Shute Norway's log of the flight to Montreal is most enlightening. While includiong a good introduction to the British hopes for airships in the 1920s, the book probably is of more interest to those with some familiarity who want a more detailed trestment of the R100.
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