The R-100... faired much better [than the R-101] even though it was further from the public eye. The ship was designed to fly on the Transat route and, on July the 29th, 1930; it departed for the mooring mast in St. Hubert with a full contingent of reporters. The flight was as well received as it was stunning: Before departing back to Cardington, the passengers had breakfast in an ornate and distinctly British atmosphere over Niagara Falls, lunch was served over Toronto, and dinner above the white caps of the Atlantic. The ship arrived safely at Cardington twenty-two days later. It would never fly again. ~ excerpt from my essay "A Fallen Dream: The end of commercial airships". The full essay will be up on the blog within a few days to a week.

R-100 Main Lounge publicity photo (Courtesy of A.H.T.)

R-100 promenade windows (Courtesy of A.H.T.)

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