development of the rigid airship was one of a triumph of technology
and an enhancement of working with nature. The rigid airship
was a series of gas balloons enclosed in a rigid framework,
over which doped fabric was stretched and sewn in to place to
form an other protection of the bags. Both the R100 and R101
were the first airships to break with the normal design concepts
and have the passenger accommodation within the airship hull
Seen here is a gas bag inflated and in place. The passenger
accommodation can be seen clearly illuminated at the bottom
of the ship transversing from one side of the hull, to the other.
With the idea of covering
long distances in an airship which was designed to cover some
5,000 miles, and transverse oceans, comfort to passengers was
a priority. In comparison to the aeroplanes which could only seat
a few passengers in a cramped cabin for a short time, the airship
was in a different league altogether being compared to ocean liners.
Many of the design ideas were indeed taken from the contemporary
liners and styles of the day.
the airship interior you would like to visit.