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Airship Collection

"Defenders of the Empire: Aerial Pioneers and Majestic Airships" In the early 20th century, the British Army, Navy, and Airforce united as defenders of the empire

Background imageAirship Collection: Defenders of the Empire - British Army, Navy and Airforce

Defenders of the Empire - British Army, Navy and Airforce with the King at the fore. Date: 1924

Background imageAirship Collection: An Aerial Cricket Match of the Future, c1918 (1919). Artist: W Heath Robinson

An Aerial Cricket Match of the Future, c1918 (1919). Artist: W Heath Robinson
An Aerial Cricket Match of the Future, c1918 (1919). From The Wonder Book of Aircraft for Boys and Girls, edited by Harry Golding. [Ward. Lock & Co. Limited, London, Melbourne and Toronto, 1919]

Background imageAirship Collection: The Goodyear Europa airship arrives at Sunderland Airport for a week long visit to

The Goodyear Europa airship arrives at Sunderland Airport for a week long visit to the North East. The 192 ft long craft completed an eight hour flight from Southport

Background imageAirship Collection: Airship R101 G-FaW moored outside the hangars

Airship R101 G-FaW moored outside the hangars
Airship R101, G-FaW, moored outside the hangars at Cardington while onlookers view from the road and the top deck of a bus

Background imageAirship Collection: Airship Guarantee Co. R-100

Airship Guarantee Co. R-100
R-100 Airship Flying Close to the Docking Tower at Cardington, Bedfordshire Date: 1930

Background imageAirship Collection: Poster, Public Warning, identifying aircraft, WW1

Poster, Public Warning, identifying aircraft, WW1
British information poster, Public Warning, identifying German and British aircraft, First World War. 1914-1918

Background imageAirship Collection: Galley, Zeppelin LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin, 1933

Galley, Zeppelin LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin, 1933. The Graf Zeppelin was the most successful airship ever built. Between its first flight in 1928 and retirement in 1937

Background imageAirship Collection: Greetings from Akron, Ohio, USA

Greetings from Akron, Ohio, USA
Greetings postcard from Akron, Ohio, USA, rubber manufacturing center of the world, showing the Goodyear Memorial and a rubber tyre shape containing three scenes (Firestone, Goodrich and Goodyear)

Background imageAirship Collection: Airship R101 at Cardington

Airship R101 at Cardington

Background imageAirship Collection: R101 airship on mooring mast

R101 airship on mooring mast
The R101 airship attached to a mooring mast, Cardington RAF Base. Date: circa 1930

Background imageAirship Collection: Airship R38 built for the US Navy at Cardington

Airship R38 built for the US Navy at Cardington and renamed ZR2. Completed in 1921. It crashed over the Humber in August 1921 while on a test flight with a mixed British and American crew. Date: 1921

Background imageAirship Collection: Airship R32 Parked

Airship R32 Parked

Background imageAirship Collection: Graf Zeppelin airship in flight

Graf Zeppelin airship in flight
The German Graf Zeppelin airship in flight, viewed from directly below

Background imageAirship Collection: Santos-Dumont airship No6 leaving the Aero Club of Saint?

Santos-Dumont airship No6 leaving the Aero Club of Saint?
Santos-Dumont airship No6 leaving the Aero Club of Saint-Cloud

Background imageAirship Collection: WW1 - Zeppelin over the UK illuminated by searchlights

WW1 - Zeppelin over the UK illuminated by searchlights
" Zepp!" WW1 - Zeppelin over the UK illuminated by searchlights Date: circa 1917

Background imageAirship Collection: Airship R9

Airship R9

Background imageAirship Collection: Airship R9 leaving the shed

Airship R9 leaving the shed

Background imageAirship Collection: Airship R101 G-FaW moored alongside the hangars

Airship R101 G-FaW moored alongside the hangars
Airship R101, G-FaW, moored alongside the hangars at Cardington

Background imageAirship Collection: The forward car of Airship R9

The forward car of Airship R9

Background imageAirship Collection: Airship R9

Airship R9

Background imageAirship Collection: German airship Graf Zeppelin flying over Wembley during the FA Cup Final, London, 1930

German airship Graf Zeppelin flying over Wembley during the FA Cup Final, London, 1930. Artist: Central Press
German airship Graf Zeppelin flying over Wembley during the FA Cup Final, London, 1930. The final was played between Arsenal and Huddersfield Town, with Arsenal winning 2-0

Background imageAirship Collection: A flying hotel: passenger quarters in airship R101

A flying hotel: passenger quarters in airship R101
A flying " hotel" : the remarkable passenger quarters in Britains new giant airship, R101. The worlds largest airship

Background imageAirship Collection: The Graf Zeppelin flying over Friedrichshafen, Germany

The Graf Zeppelin flying over Friedrichshafen, Germany
The Graf Zeppelin flying over Friedrichshafen, a city on the shore of Lake Constance (Bodensee in German) in southern Germany, known for its importance in aviation history

Background imageAirship Collection: R80 Airship

R80 Airship Date: 1919

Background imageAirship Collection: R31 Airship Parked

R31 Airship Parked

Background imageAirship Collection: Zeppelin LZ-9 Schwaben Airship Flying in 1911

Zeppelin LZ-9 Schwaben Airship Flying in 1911 Date: 1911

Background imageAirship Collection: Aerial view of Tangier, Morocco, from a Zeppelin, 1930 (1933)

Aerial view of Tangier, Morocco, from a Zeppelin, 1930 (1933). A photograph from Zeppelin-Weltfahrten, Vom ersten Luftschiff 1899 bis zu den Fahrten des LZ127 Graf Zeppelin 1932, Dresden, 1933

Background imageAirship Collection: The Santos Dumont Air-ship rounding the Eiffel Tower, on October 19th 1901, (c1910)

The Santos Dumont Air-ship rounding the Eiffel Tower, on October 19th 1901, (c1910). Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont (1873-1932) in his airship (dirigible)

Background imageAirship Collection: Public warning, German and British aircraft, WW1

Public warning, German and British aircraft, WW1
Public warning and information sheet, German and British aircraft during the First World War. 1914-1918

Background imageAirship Collection: WW1 - The King Stephen fishing boat and Zeppelin L19, 1916

WW1 - The King Stephen fishing boat and Zeppelin L19, 1916
WW1 - The zeppelin L19 (also known as the LZ 54), was a World War I airship of the of the Imperial German Navy. After its first bomb raid in the UK, the L19 crashed in the North Sea

Background imageAirship Collection: The Fall of the German airship L-21 by Fortunino Matania, WW1

The Fall of the German airship L-21 by Fortunino Matania, WW1
The destruction of the German Zeppelin L-21 over Cuffley, Hertfordshire after being shot down by Lieut. William Leefe Robinson on the night of 2nd/3rd September 1916

Background imageAirship Collection: R36 Ready for launching at Inchinnan A view of the dining room 19 March 1921

R36 Ready for launching at Inchinnan A view of the dining room 19 March 1921

Background imageAirship Collection: The R34 airship being walked out

The R34 airship being walked out by the workers of the Beardmore factory at Inchinnan

Background imageAirship Collection: Graf, German zeppelin over London 1931

Graf, German zeppelin over London 1931
A good will visit, German zeppelin Graf flying over London, a transatlantic passenger carrier operating between 1928 to 1937, with people paying to take a flight over England. Date: August 1931

Background imageAirship Collection: Launch of the Vickers Airship R80 at Barrow, Walney Isla?

Launch of the Vickers Airship R80 at Barrow, Walney Isla?
Launch of the Vickers Airship R80 at Barrow, Walney Island, UK with a Man Standing on Top of the Roof

Background imageAirship Collection: Captain Beedle and His Airship at Cardiff, Wales, UK

Captain Beedle and His Airship at Cardiff, Wales, UK

Background imageAirship Collection: airship, aviation, blimp, calm, cloud, color image, computer graphic, concept, copy space

airship, aviation, blimp, calm, cloud, color image, computer graphic, concept, copy space
Zeppelin flying above clouds

Background imageAirship Collection: Army airship Beta in shed at OTC camp, Farnborough

Army airship Beta in shed at OTC camp, Farnborough
Army airship Beta in a shed at an Officers Training Corps camp in Farnborough, July 1910. Date: 1910

Background imageAirship Collection: AIRSHIP / R101 CRASH / 1930

AIRSHIP / R101 CRASH / 1930
The skeleton of the R.101 sits in a field near Beauvais, France, after the crash during its first and last flight. Date: 5 October 1930

Background imageAirship Collection: Threat of Zeppelin gas-bag or terror - which? 1915

Threat of Zeppelin gas-bag or terror - which? 1915
Cartoon showing Kaisers head on the front of a Zeppelin airship, during World War One. German Zeppelins first successful raid was on the night of 1920 January 1915, in which two Zeppelins

Background imageAirship Collection: Aerial view of Frankfurt, Germany, from a Zeppelin

Aerial view of Frankfurt, Germany, from a Zeppelin airship. Date: circa 1930

Background imageAirship Collection: Naval Airship No3, Astra Torres, moored on a mast

Naval Airship No3, Astra Torres, moored on a mast, 12 June 1913

Background imageAirship Collection: VVery quietly, the worlds first flying Saucer, or Skyship as its designers prefer to call

VVery quietly, the worlds first flying Saucer, or Skyship as its designers prefer to call it, eased itself into the air, and science fiction became science fact

Background imageAirship Collection: Film 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang', Lionel Jeffries tries to climb aboard

Film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", Lionel Jeffries tries to climb aboard
Film " Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", Lionel Jeffries tries to climb aboard the balloon. August 1967 P004027

Background imageAirship Collection: The R34 Rigid Airship. The First Aircraft To Make An East-To-West Crossing Of The Atlantic Ocean

The R34 Rigid Airship. The First Aircraft To Make An East-To-West Crossing Of The Atlantic Ocean On 6 July 1919. From The Year 1919 Illustrated

Background imageAirship Collection: Transport / Flight / Airship

Transport / Flight / Airship
SANTOS-DUMONT successfully flies round the Tour Eiffel, though he fails to complete the circuit in 30 minutes to win the offered prize Date: July 1901

Background imageAirship Collection: Vickers R 23 British airship

Vickers R 23 British airship, one of four built at Barrow-in-Furness. It required a 17-man crew, first flew in September 1917

Background imageAirship Collection: Lebaudy airship Republique, 24 June 1908

Lebaudy airship Republique, 24 June 1908



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"Defenders of the Empire: Aerial Pioneers and Majestic Airships" In the early 20th century, the British Army, Navy, and Airforce united as defenders of the empire. Among their arsenal were majestic airships that soared through the skies with grace and power. The Airship Guarantee Co. 's R-100 stood tall as a symbol of engineering marvel, while the imposing Airship R101 G-FaW moored outside hangars showcased Britain's prowess in aviation. Step back in time to witness these magnificent vessels in action. Picture yourself aboard the Galley, witnessing breathtaking views from above like those on Zeppelin LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin did in 1933. Marvel at the sight R32 parked elegantly on land or gaze upon R101 airship majestically resting on its mooring mast. Not limited to British shores alone, these airborne wonders ventured across continents. From Akron, Ohio in USA came warm greetings as they welcomed visitors to witness their own aerial achievements. Witness Graf Zeppelin airship gracefully soaring through clouds during its flight or Santos-Dumont airship No6 bidding farewell to Aero Club of Saint? with dreams reaching new heights. However, not all encounters were peaceful; history reminds us of World War I when zeppelins illuminated by searchlights hovered ominously over UK skies. These haunting images serve as a reminder of both fear and resilience during wartime. Let us not forget other remarkable creations such as Airship R9 or even an extraordinary creation built for US Navy at Cardington - none less than Airship R38. Each one contributing to humanity's quest for exploration and innovation. These captivating glimpses into our past remind us that once upon a time, giant airships ruled our skies – symbols of human ingenuity defying gravity itself.