An RAF Airship

The R31 was a British airship built in 1918. It was designed (with the help of a German engineer) to provide air cover for our naval fleet during the First World War but by the time it was ready to fly, the armistice had been signed. On its first flight from England to Scotland, the crew became concerned about part of its internal structure and made an emergency landing in Yorkshire. On examination, it was found to be beyond repair and R31 was scrapped less than a year after its inaugural flight. Airships have never really gone away and modern, high-tech ones are currently being developed.

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