Lord Christopher Birdwood Thomson, Secretary of State for the British Air Ministry, lately wrote: "Another disaster like that which befell the Shenandoah, would delay development for many years." He had ridden on the Shenandoah just before an Ohio thunderstorm tossed, twisted and tore her to disaster (TIME, Sept. 14,1925). Great Britain was then planning her R-100, which made a troubled round-trip between England and Canada this summer (TIME, Aug. 11), and her R-101. Lord Thomson had then commented: "If the best minds in England can...

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