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By John Swinfield

John Swinfield describes the bizarre politics behind the British government’s attempt to launch a pair of airships in the 1920s and how a project that might have boosted national pride ended in tragedy and failure.

The Italian soldier, Giulio Douhet, is one of the few well-known names in the history of air power strategy, along with Hugh Trenchard, father of...

The German airship completes its first transatlantic voyage.

Terence McLaughlin describes aeronautical experiments from gliders to powered machines.

B.J. Haimes describes how, on July 6th, 1919, a British airship, the R34, raised the possibility of transatlantic travel by dirigible.

D.L.B. Hartley describes the background to a postwar transatlantic aviation competition, famously won by Alcock and Brown’s Vickers Vimy aeroplane.

Count Zeppelin and his successors in Germany and Britain backed an invention that failed; but David Sawers describes how, during its lifetime, the airship attracted the enthusiasm of many aeronautical engineers.

The 1933 attempt to break Charles Lindbergh's non-stop distance record ended in tragedy.

Hal Wert tells the story of the two Lithuanian-American aviators, Steponas Darius and Stanley Girenas, whose attempt to bring honour to the land of their birth ended tragically in July 1933.

The story of supersonic passenger transport is one of the strangest in aviation history. Once it was the obvious course of development for the...

The great military institution took flight on April 13th, 1912.

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