RUSSIA: Death in Podolsk

On a stormy autumn night three years ago French peasants near the cathedral town of Beauvais stared in terror at a huge rain-drenched silver mass that lurched over their heads and into a nearby hillside. They heard three thunderous explosions, saw a gigantic blinding blaze. It was the end of Britain's ill-fated R-101, the end of Britain's hopes about lighter-than-air craft. For in that roaring hillside furnace burned the bones of most of the men who had fought for the dirigible program: Lord Christopher Birdwood Thomson, Secretary of State for Air; Sir...

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