Thursday, May 19, 2005

Cardington Airship Sheds, Bedfordshire

The two Cardington Sheds can be seen dominating the skyline for many miles around. These truly impressive buildings were used to build and house the huge airships of the 1920's and 30's including the Vickers R101 which came down in France, killing around 50 people.

The first ship to come out of the Cardington airship facility was the R31. The ship was commissioned only 5 days before the Armistice on 11th November 1918

The sheds are now subject to a preservation order and one houses a six storey building used for Fire Research purposes. The other continues to be used for airship development and has recently been used as a sound stage for the Batcave set in the filming of the new Batman movie.
Cardington Airship Sheds Aerial Photograph
Ultimate Airship


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