My visit to Cardington

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.

Dan Grossman at Cardington Airship Sheds

Cardington Airship Sheds

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.

Den Burchmore in his personal research library

Den Burchmore in his 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.

R.101 Ensign in Cardington Church

R.101 Ensign in Cardington Church

R.101 Memorial in Cardington

R.101 Memorial in Cardington

RAF Graves in Cardington

RAF Graves in Cardington

RAF Graves in Cardington

RAF Graves in Cardington

Cardington Church

Cardington Church

A Graveyard and the Airship Sheds

A Graveyard and the Airship Sheds

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john caldwell
To Dan June 16, 2013 I became interested in zeppelins when I worked part-time at Dornier on the Boden See from 1970 to 1974, helping to integrate a University of Michigan/NASA mass spectrometer instrument onto the Deutch space satellite “AEROS”. I enjoyed the zeppelin museum there on one of my trips to Friedriechshaven. Today, this interest led me to this website and the picture of the famous Lindberg who flew across the Atlantic. Nows I have to ask you to add Harriet Quimby, a U.S. woman, who in 1912, flew solo across the English Channel to land safely on the… Read more »
Milan Zivancevic

Great weather there, haw haw…

Looking forward to the docu trailer.

Milan Zivancevic

P.S. the flag in the church in the third photo… is that THE famous flag that survived the crash?

Hendrick Stoops

The framed, tattered, ensign in the third photo is indeed the “crash flag”.

J. James

The Airship Heritage Trust is a wonderful organization. Their website alone is a veritable treaure trove of history.

The British certainly had an interesting run with their airships.

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