I just returned from a very productive visit to the UK that included a chance to visit various sites around Cardington and meet several members of the Airship Heritage Trust including Paul Ross, Den Burchmore, Trevor Monk, and Giles Camplin.
Den and Trevor generously took me on a tour of Cardington where we visited the massive airship sheds, the cemetery and R.101 Memorial, and the Cardington Church.
Den and Trevor are a wealth of information about British lighter-than-air aviation and I was especially honored to be given a tour of Den’s impressive personal research library.
Trevor has been fascinated by airships most of his life; his family has been in Cardington for centuries and we visited the graves of his great-grandparents, who are buried in the same cemetery as the victims of the R.101 disaster.
Flying Boats of the Empire: Richard Knott
As some of you may know I have a great interest in flying boats and have been working on a website about Pan American’s Clipper Flying Boats.
Pan Am had an aircraft capable of flying the Atlantic in 1935 (the Martin M-130) but was not allowed to begin airline service across the Atlantic until the British could develop an aircraft with similar range. Richard Knott is an expert on the Short Empire flying boats that met this challenge and it was a great pleasure to attend his lecture.
New Hindenburg Documentary in June
Keep your eye on the blog in the next few days for information about a new documentary about the Hindenburg that will be broadcast in the US next month. I may be able to post a short trailer and perhaps some additional behind-the-scenes photos.
Today in 1927: Lindbergh Lands in Paris
As an aviation fanatic I would be remiss if I didn’t pay tribute today to Charles Lindbergh, who landed in Paris on May 21, 1927.