Aeronautics: Britain's Troubles

When the dirigible R-101 crashed and killed 48 occupants on its first long flight last autumn, it cost Britain practically her whole staff of dirigible experts; it cost millions of dollars; worst of all, it cost public confidence in Britain's lighter-than-air program. Last week that loss was recorded in an announcement by Prime Minister James Ramsay MacDonald that the Government had temporarily abandoned its airship building program.

Between the alternatives of building more ships and scrapping all equipment on hand, the Government compromised on a static program. The R-100, which made a laborious...

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