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The R101 airship

The R101 was an airship which crashed in 1930 in France, killing 48 people.

English socialist government of the time had planned to build airships for the imperial route London-Cairo-Bombay-Canada-Australia-New York-London.

It was an ambitious project that allowed save travel time by sea, also competed with Germany and the Graf Zeppelin airship supremacy.

R.100 series was planned in 1925 and projected 4 aerostats, the R.101 R.100 and would be built simultaneously to be the top seed of the project.

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