A relief watch was sent to Canada sometime ago. It consists of 4 riggers, 1 chargehand engineer, 5 engineers and 1 W.T. operator. The assistant coxswain of this watch is included in the flying crew above. Their names are given on page 12.

When R.100 is moored to the tower at St.Hubert, one watch will always be on duty and a stand-by watch will be in close attendance, and undertake maintenance duties during the day. The third watch will be off duty for 24 hours at a time. Some, if not all, of this watch will take the place of certain members of the outward crew on the return flight.


A dark blue uniform, recently approved for the Air Ministry airship crews, will be worn on the Atlantic flight. It is of reefer pattern with gold buttons in the case of officers and black for the men. The peaked cap has a badge consisting of a circle surmounted by a crown. In the centre are the words 'R. 100'' ( or ."R.101" ) and on the circle "Royal Airship Works, Cardington .

It should be noted that the crew of R.100 is entirely civil personnel with the exception of two officers and one N.C.O. of the. Royal Air Force who are seconded for duty on airships.

Food Supplies etc.

On the trans-Atlantic flight the airship will carry food for five days -three days' ordinary rations, one day's reserve rations, and one day's emergency rations. The total amount of food will amount to about 2,000 Ibs. details of which are given on page 13. 500 gallons of drinking and washing water will be required during the flight.

Meals will be served in the dining room, and will be cooked in the electrically equipped kitchen adjoining.

The airship will be cleared by Customs, Immigration and Medical Authorities before leaving Cardington, and the necessary papers will be available for clearance at Montreal. All members of the crew will have passports for Canada and the United States. The amount of luggage allowed for each officer or passenger will be 30 Ibs and for each member of the crew 15 lbs.

Signals Organisation.

R.100 is equipped for long wave transmission and for long and short wave reception. Her call sign (and registration mark) is G-FAAV. (The wave lengths are not being disclosed and it is hoped that private stations will not attempt to transmit messages at the airship's signal schedule will be fully occupied in receicing meteorological information and in transmitting essential messages).

The signal organization is divided into four parts. On the first stage communication will be direct from the W.T. station at Cardlngton for approximately the first 1,000 miles. .From this position until longitude 35oW.is reached signals will pass via Rugby W.T. Station. From 35oW until the airship has crossed the Canadian coast communication will be through Louisburg W.T. Station and thereafter direct to the airship base at St. Hubert.

During each stage there will be certain routine times both for the transmission and reception of messages.

When within approximately 100 miles of St. Hubert the airship may change over from wireless telegraphy to radio telephony. A short broadcast talk will be given from the airship during the final stage by Wing Commander Colmore, the Director of Airship Development, on the initiative of Canadian National Railways.

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