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Welcome to our extensive Reference Library and Source Materials section

To help those understand that airship's do not follow the normal rules of flight as is understood with heavier than aircraft, we have put together a centre for documents and items to help with reference questions.We also provide details of further reading open to researchers in our Online Reference Library.

Most of the documents below have come from original sources, the Airship Heritage Trust archive or from new information gathered from researching records in the National Archives in London, and have often been omitted from books on the subject.

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General Reference

Historical Documentation

R.100 Reference

R.101 Reference

The Great Blimp Race

In 1986 almost half of the world's airships congregated over New York for a 12 mile race around Manhatten Island. We've researched this event and discovered a few fascinating things of this never repeated day. *NEW*

Planned improvements to R.100 (1930) and continuity policy from August 1930 - research from the National Archive and AHT Archives


The Girl in the Deckchair- Dr Nina Baker's further research in to the famous "Girl in the deckchair", first discovered by details from a photoalbumn in the AHT Collection and Dirigible article.

Naming of the R100 and R101 - reproduced from the National Archives, London(transcript of the National Archives file AIR 2/399)

R.100 Canada Flight Crew List


R.101 Broken Elevator Cable - Dr Bryan Lawton's 2018 research paper explaining the R101 control response at the time of the crash.

The R.101 story:
a review based on primary source material
and first hand accounts
Peter Davison BA(hons) AMRAeS
The editorial assistance of Dr Giles Camplin and Mr Crispin Rope is acknowledged.

Top 10 Worst Airship Accidents Globally

Airship Crew Organisaion Chart How the airship crew was structured

Press Release for the R100 flight to Canada: Full reproduction of information in the R100's press pack 1930

Lighter than Air Frequently Asked Questions - list of answers about airships and lighter than air travel
Docking Rafts for Rigid Airships. Taken from a book in 1929 along with photos from the AHT archives, the plans could have referred to as the "Cardington Mobile Mast"

Nevile Shute Norway's R100 Canada flight notes
reproduced with kind permission from Royal Aeronautical Society

R101 Crash page - full details of the final flights of the R101 including movies and graphics of the R101 crash.

Airship Size Comparison Chart - compare the scale of modern airships from Skyships and Airlander to the R101

Airship Timeline: compare the lifespan of the ships

"Airship Venture"

a 17 page article by Nevil Shute Norways explainling details of the R.100 from Blackwoods Magazine Published May 1933

R.101 - copy of the final flight certificate. An copy of the certificate for the altered ship.

23X Class Ships detailed - the expanded research area previously serialized in "Dirigible" Magazine 2015/2016 - extensive research by Kent O'Grady

Press Release for R.101 flight to India: Full reproduction of information in the the R101's press pack October 1930.
R.101 Crew Biographies : Full details of each crew member and photos
R.101 - Public Inquiry Original Copy Document Full reproduction of information in the the R101 public Inquiry March 1931.

Fun and Games


Check out our airship fun and games page for young and old! *New*



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