The R101 was based at Cardington in a huge hanger, it was were I completed my RAF basic training in 1948, we were told if you ran round the hanger 4 times you had run a mile. Eric
There is an Airship thread with a few photos but I don't think Elmdon is mentioned ....
Hello everyone. For many years I have had vague recollections of an Airship such as the ill fated (RS 101 ? ) flying over Birmingham in the 1930's. This seems so real I wonder if it was true. As I'm an 'old codger' I would guess it was around 1935-36. At that time I would be living in the...birminghamhistory.co.uk
They just fascinate me Something majestic about them.
When I joined the RAF in 1954, Cardington was an induction station both for those who, like me, were going to sign on as regulars and National Servicemen. The most notable person there for his National Service, at the time I was there, was Colin Cowdray (cricketer). He was, apparently , unfit for RAF service!!I completed my RAF basic training at Cardington where the R101 was based, it's hanger is enormous both in area and height, we used to run round it and 4 laps was a mile. Re above post #652, I do not think that's Birmingham airport, the building is more symmetrical than that, could be wrong of course. Eric