FLIGHT OF H.M. AIRSHIP R.101 TO INDIA
NOTES FOR PRESS USE

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The experiment of collecting rain water on the top of R.100 during the flight to and from Canada having proved highly successful a somewhat similar catchment system has been provided on R.101. Arrangements have been made for collecting water at two positions on the top of the hull and the water will be led from these points in order to supplement the water ballast.

The airship has carried out extensive home trials her total flying time, before carrying out tests after the insertion of the new section, being 103 hours.

A detailed description of the airship is given in separate notes entitled "H.M.A. R 101".

Alternative Routes

The flight will be made from The Royal Airship Works, Cardington, Bedford, to India via Egypt, where a stop will be made for re-fuelling purposes at the Airship Base situated at Ismailiain the Canal Zone. This Base is equipped with a Mooring Tower similar in all respects to the one at Cardington, and also with a Silcol Hydrogen Plant which has an output of about 60,000cubic feet per hour.

At Karachi, in addition to a Mooring Tower and hydrogen plant there is also a large housing shed which is the largest building in the British Empire, being slightly larger than either of the Sheds at Cardington.

The route H.M.A. R101 will follow will be dictated by the Meteorological conditions prevailing at thie time of departure, and the Captain will naturally shape his course during flight so as to take advantage of the most favourable winds.

The route can be divided up in to two sections :-

(1) Cardington to Ismailia
(2) Ismailia to Karachi

The following table shows possible alternatives routes and the distances that would be covered :-

Cardington to Ismalia
Route No.
Mercator Route
Nuatical Miles
Statue Miles
1.
Via Brestm Tafalla, Barcellona, Malta, thence to Ismailia
2,440
2,810
2.
Via Toulouse, Narbonne, Malta, thence to Ismailia
2,235
2,570
3.
Via Lyons, Marseilles, thence to Ismailia
2,075
2,390
4.
Via Lyons, Marseilles, Malta, thence to Ismailia
2,170
2,500

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