Editor says, what if the R101 had completed its maiden voyage? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Disasters thread.
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Editor says, in reality a project that might have boosted national pride ended in tragedy and failure. Eight hours after embarkation R101 crashed slowly - her speed estimated at less than 13 miles an hour - into a hillside near Beauvais in northern France. She had covered barely 200 miles of her 4,400 mile voyage. Within seconds she was consumed by a hydrogen conflagration. Of 54 aboard 48 died. Of these 46 perished immediately including Scott, Brancker, Rope, Atherstone, Irwin and Thomson. There was nothing left at the crash site but a blackened skeleton, a vast tangle of steel, looking like the cremated remains of a prehistoric mammoth. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.