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

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Ismailia to Karachi.

Ismailia to Karachi
Route No.
Mercator Route
Nuatical Miles
Statue Miles
1.
Via Alleppo, Euphrates, Baghdad and Persian Gulf and along the Persian Coast to Karachi
2,200
2,530
2.
Via Desert Route, Baghdad and Persian Gulf and along Persian Coast to Karachi
2,125
2,440
3.
Via Red Sea and Gulf of Aden thnece across the Indian Ocean
2,790
3,210

As far as the route from Ismailia to Karachi is concerned it is probable that the most Northerly route will be flown, by way of Alleppo, Baghdad and Basrah. The return flight will be carried out on more or less similar routes which will be decided at the time of departure.

Passengers, Officers and Crew:

Lord Thomson, Secretary of State for Air, Air Vice-Marshal Sir Sefton Brancker, Director of Civil Aviation and Squadron Leader W. Palstra M.C. of the Royal Australian Air Force will fly on the airship to and from India. Squadron Leader W.H.L.O'Neill,M.C., will travel to Karachi as a representative of the Secretary of State for India. The following officials from the Royal Airship Works, Cardington will be on board:-

Wing Commander R.B.B.Colmore, O.B.E., R.A.F. Director of Airship Development
Lieut.CoI.V. C Richmond, Assistant Director of Airship Developnent (Technical)
Major G.H. Scott,C.B.E, A.F.C. Assistant Director of Airship Development (Flying).
Squadron Leader F.M.Rope - R.A.F. Technical Assistant to Lt.Col.Richmond and
Mr H.J. Leech, A. F. M, Engineer
Major P.Bishop, O.B.E. Chief Inspector Aircraft of the A.I.D. will travel as far as Egypt. Mr.J.Buck will be in attendance on Lord Thomson throughout the flight.

The officers of R.1O1 are:-

Flight Lieutenant H.C.Irwin, A.F.C. R.A.F. Captain
S/Ldr.E.L. Johnston, O.B.E., A.F.C., Navigator ;
Lt.Commander N.G.Atherstone, A.F.C. (R.N Ret.) 1st Officer; and
Flying Officer M.H.Steff, R.A.F., 2nd Officer.
Mr.M.A.Giblett, M.Sc., (Superintendent of the Airship Division, Meteorological Office ), will act as Meteological Officer

The members of the crew are:-
Chief Coxswain:- G.W. Hunt A.F.M.
Asst.Chief Coxswain:- W.A.Potter.
Asst.Coxswains:- C.H.Mason, L.F. Oughton.
Riggers:- S.Church, H.E.Ford, P.A.Foster, A.W.J.Norcott, W.G.Radcliffe, M.G.Rampton, A.J.Richardson, E.G.Rudd, C.E.Taylor.
First Engineer:- W.R.Gent, A.F.M.
Chargehand Engineers; -T.A.A. Key, S .E. Scott, G. W. Short.
Engineers: A.V.Bell, J.H.Binks, R.Blake, C.A.Burton, A.J.Cook, C. J .Fergusson, A.C .Hasting, W.H.King, M.F. Littlekit, W.Moule, V.Savory, G.Watson.

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