Uploaded on Jan 30, 2010
R101 AIRSHIP, final flight.
Music by Ian Hubball and edditing by Trevor Monk.
features footage of the R101 airship being constructed at cardington and various flight shots.
there are many theory's as to why the R101 accident occurred, the one that makes sense to me is the outer cover failure, as the ship was flying in pretty horrible weather a tear formed in the outer envelope of the ship, this large tear sent in the wind and rain into the hull tearing the front two gas cells, this sudden loss of gas through the tear resulted in the nose of the ship diving, the man on the elevator at this point had the elevators in the full up position, as the speed of the ship increased due to the downward motion airflow over the elevator forced the ship level, this was the end of the first dive, as the ship slowed due to her flying level the air flow over the elevators reduced reducing their effectiveness, this is where the second dive took place, again the the man on the elevator pulled them to the full up position and the same happened gain, reduction in the airflow made the elevators less responsive forcing the nose to dive again, this was the 3rd and final dive, at this point rigger Church was sent to the nose of the ship to release the half ton ballast sack located in the nose which needed manual operation, he got to it to late and the rest is history, he survived the initial accident but later died of his injury's, it is said that the ship was actually trying to make an emergency landing after the initial tear of the nose which would make sense, the actual impact crater of the ship was only 12ft long, considering the ship was 777ft long this seems very small, so it seems forward speed had been reduced.
Sam church's family and fiance rushed to Beauvais after hearing of the accident, but heartbreakingly Sam died of his injurys a few hours before they arrived
everyone remembers the Hindenburg disaster because of the footage but the R101 is often forgotten, lets not forget those brave men.
for more of Ians music you can find it on Itunes under the name of Marbury. heres the link http://itunes.apple.com/artist/marbur...
also for the best R101 info in the world go to www.airshipsonline.com website of the Airship Heritage Trust.
also if you are on facebook remember to join the R101 airship group http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/gr...
also we love the cardington sheds on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/gr...
a poem by trevor monk
Silver in the sky,
But in her pictures grey,
People young do fly her,
But images grow old,
A ship of dreams she was,
A nightmare she became,
Now she has all gone,
And silent in their grave,
101, a ship that caught your soul,
She flew so many years ago,
And in memories nearly forgotten,
Now all we have is our thoughts,
Thinking of those souls,
Thinking how they flew their ship,
And how in the end was lost.
So much was lost,
So many were hurt,
They fought so hard to get their goal,
A ship some said weren't ready,
But they believed they'd get there,
Flying low, Flying slow,
Local people worried,
She doesn't look right,
She's stretched too much,
A bad omen was what they dreaded,
Then in the morning at just after two,
The nightmare started happening,
As she got buffeted and bashed her nose did start descending,
Her nose cover torn,
Her gas was gone,
Her lift was failing fast,
The man at the wheel was fighting hard,
Keeping her on an even keel,
She hit the ground,
Not that hard,
Quite softly washer landing,
But this was going to be a tragedy,
And fire was not long set in,
In a matter of minuets,
Her cover was gone,
And fire did envelope,
And as men lay confused in their bed's,
The fire did consume them,
But the few that were lucky battled like hell,
They fought with all their might,
Battling flame for freedom,
And emerging in the darkness of night,
Now so many years have passed,
But we all hold a thought,
For those brave men who passed,
So many years ago,
A little sleepy village,
A picturesque delight,
It could be on a chocolate box,
In summer its a delight,
And if you glance over the fields,
You might be quite amazed,
The sheds can be clearly viewed,
A homage to airship flight.
a poem by Trevor Monk
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