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The R38 disaster

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At the start of the war, in contrast to Germany, the British had limited experience of airships. Under the Royal Naval Air Service there were only a handful of airships in service but with increasing U-Boat activity and the resultant impact on shipping, the Navy began to further develop its use of airships to counter the U-Boat threat. The R.38 c…


RNAS Caldale, Orkney and the loss of two airships

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Situated a couple of miles from Kirkwall on the island of Orkney in the Parish of St. Ola, Royal Naval Air Station Caldale (also known as Icarus) was home to four Submarine Scout Pusher (SSP) airships, engaged in anti submarine and mine spotting duties, as well as kite balloons. In November and December 1917, the Air Station suffered the loss of tw…


Battlebags-British Airship of the First World War by CES Mowthorpe

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Published by Alan Sutton 1995 Hardback 194pp ISBN 0 7509 0989 7 [This review first appeared in the September 1996 edition of Stand To! No.47] Most people associate lighter than air machines of the First World War primarily with the German Zeppelins. Yet, as this book demonstrates, the Royal Naval Air Service also operated at least 226 airships…