British Airships 1905–30

British Airships 1905–30

New Vanguard 155
  • Author: Ian Castle
  • Illustrator: Tony Bryan
  • Short code: NVG 155
  • Publication Date: 10 May 2009
  • Number of Pages: 48
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This book reveals the fascinating story of the cat and mouse duel between the airship and another pioneering form of technology - the submarine during World War 1. Detailed cut-away drawings reveal the design and development of the airship, during and after the war, whilst full-colour illustrations depict the airship in dramatic action shots. A tragic accident in 1930 brought the airship's military service to an end, resulting in a tiny window in which they were used and little acknowledgement over the years. Ian Castle gives deserved attention to an aeronautical wonder that for a short amount of time played a crucial service to the defence of Britain.

Biographical Note

Ian Knight is a leading international expert on the Anglo-Zulu War. He has written, co-written or edited over 30 books, including several in the Osprey Men-at-Arms, Elite, Warrior and Campaign series. He studied Afro-Caribbean Studies at Kent University, and is an Honorary Research Associate of the Natal Museum and Vice President of the Anglo Zulu War Historical Society. He has also contributed to a number of television documentaries on the war. Ian has also always been interested in the use of airships during World War I and has recently published London 1914-17 in Osprey's Campaign series which detailed the German Zepplin bombing raids.

Contents

Introduction: A background to the origins of lighter-than-air flight in Britain and a look at the development of the first airships by the Army Design and development: SS (Sea Scout) Class, Coastal Star Class, SSP (Sea Scout Pusher) Class, SSZ (Sea Scout Zero) Class, SST (Sea Scout Twin) Class, NS (North Sea) Class, Airship No. 9, 23 Class, R.31 Class Operational history: An overview of the type of work underwork undertaken by the British airship fleet throughout World War I: the successes, failures, innovations and tragedies.

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