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R101 Airship, Cardington, Bedfordshire

R101 Airship, Cardington, Bedfordshire
Photograph taken 1929 © Historic England Archive Aerofilms Collection ref: afl03_aeofilms_29993

This is the R101 airship at Cardington in 1929. It was built in 1926-30 at the Royal Airship Works at Cardington. It's final test flight was on the 1st October 1930. Three days later it left for Karachi in Pakistan. However it crashed into a hillside near Beauvais, north of Paris. Tragically 48 of its 54 passengers were killed.