Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Historic airship hangar for sale

Historic airship hangar for sale

I watched the episode of the B.B.C's Top Gear the other week in which James May converted a caravan into an airship, and it was shown launching from a hanger just like the one in this story (in fact, it may have been the one in this story) and the size of the hanger in comparison was astounding. How big airships like the R.100 and R.101 must have been to take up all that room is almost beyond comprehension. What must it have been like to see these majestic "liners of the air" in their heyday of the 1920s and '30s! Now all that is left to remind us of these aerial leviathans are these huge hangers that used to house them. I'm glad to see they're listed buildings, and hope that whoever ends up buying them is mindful of their heritage. If Mercedes-Benz can make such a good job of the Brooklands racing circuit in Surrey, then there is surely some hope that this hangers will fall into some capable, appreciative hands too. In the meantime, I look forward to the day when we are all once again floating serenely through the skies in giant, luxurious airships. Despite what some people might say, I believe the airship still has a future!

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