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Interior of the R101 airship

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Interior of the R101 airship

Amenities of the giant British airship R101, showing the smoking room, a typical two-berth cabin, and passengers looking down on the lights of a city from the starboard promenade deck. The Illustrated London News explains that " a special smoking room has been provided...which is fitted with an aluminium floor to obviate any danger from fire caused by carelessly thrown-down cigarettes and lighted matches." The fireproofing didn t stop the R101 crashing in the early hours of 5th October 1930 on its maiden voyage and bursting into flames, with the eventual loss of 48 of 54 lives on board

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Air Ship Amenities Cabin Comforts Deck Passengers Promenade R101 Viewing 1929


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Step aboard the R101, the largest airship ever built in the UK, as we explore its impressive interior through this photograph from the Illustrated London News in 1929. Witness the luxurious amenities designed for passengers' comfort and enjoyment during their flight. Beginning with the Smoking Room, a designated space for passengers to indulge in their habit without disturbing others. Fitted with an aluminium floor to prevent any potential fires caused by carelessly discarded cigarettes and matches, this thoughtful addition ensured a relaxing atmosphere for smokers. Next, we venture into a typical two-berth cabin, offering passengers a comfortable and private space to rest during their journey. The cozy quarters are furnished with plush seating, a writing table, and ample storage space for personal belongings. Lastly, take a peek at the starboard promenade deck, where passengers can marvel at the breathtaking view of city lights below. The open-air deck provided an opportunity for passengers to stretch their legs, take in the sights, and enjoy the sensation of flight. Unfortunately, the R101's maiden voyage on October 4, 1930, ended tragically when the airship crashed in the early hours, bursting into flames and resulting in the loss of 48 lives on board. Despite this unfortunate event, the R101 represented a significant milestone in aviation history, showcasing the potential for long-distance air travel and the luxurious amenities that could be offered to passengers.

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