Note: The Royal Navy’s First Manned Aircraft Project

By David Hobbs, published November 2010


The centenary of the construction of the first airship by the Royal Navy is commemorated in this Note.  Vickers were awarded the contract, and HMS Hermes adapted as the first aircraft carrier. The newly discovered alloy, duralumin, was used. New inventions were also used for the design, fabric, glue and the countless other features required in the construction of R1, while initially hydrogen had to be imported from Holland.  The frame of R1 collapsed while it was being brought out of the construction shed for the first time, and the project was abandoned.

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Subjects include: Naval Aviation

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