Assistant Director of Airship Development, Lt Col Vincent Richmond, Lt S Nixon, Cardington, Mr DSD Collins
The men who built and will control the airship R101, seen here at the Royal Airship Works Cardington, Bedfordshire. l-r Flight-Officer Maurice H. Steff , Noel Graboswky-Atherstone (Lt Cdr.), Herbert C Irwin, Flight Lieutenant, (Captain of R101), Lt Col Vincent Richmond, Major George.H.Scott Assistant Director of Airship Development, Mr DSD Collins, Mr B Fitzgerald, Lt S Nixon and Commander W.H Watt.They are pictured before one of the early trial flights in October 1929. After extensive modifications on the evening of 4th October 1930 the R101 left Cardington. She carried 42 crew, 6 officials and 6 passengers. A crowd of over 3,000 came to watch the departure. The start of the journey did not go wells; ballast had to be dumped to compensate for over loading, strong winds were encountered and the aft engines broke down.At approximately 2 am the R101 passed over Beauvais, a French city to the north-west of Paris. Already flying at very low altitude she went into a dive and despite all the efforts of the crew she crashed just south of the city. The airship ran along the ground for some distance before being engulfed by flames. October 1929 P001299
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