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.
Read an extract of British Airships 1905–30
Table of 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.