Vickers Airship Catalog 1920-22

Monday, July 15, 2013

Airships for sale!

This catalog was produced by the Vickers company in Britain in 1920.

What is so interesting about this catalog is that it obviously assumes the existence of a commercial market for airships of all types from small scout and/or personal ones to large military, cargo, and passenger ones. 

This was definitely wishful thinking on the part of the Vickers company in light of sdubsequent history but it is still fascinating to peruse.

Who wouldn't want one of these little gems for a quick Sunday afternoon flight through the countryside.

Small Non-Rigid Airships
  • This Type of Small Airship did very successful service during the War as a Coastal Scout
  • These Airships are very suitable for Naval Scouting and Coast Patrol, and fitted with a Special Type of Car are suitable for Passenger Carrying on a small scale, and also for private or sporting use.
  • Designed Sizes:
                                                       No. 1         No. 2
    Gross Gas Capacity ..    ..    Cubic Feet         70,000       100,000
                                   Cubic Metres        1,960         2,800
    
    Length ..    ..    ..    ..    Feet                  145           170
                                   Metres                 44            52
    
    Maximum diameter   ..    ..    Feet                   30            36
                                   Metres                9.2            11
    
    Maximum Speed      ..    ..    Miles per hour         48            55
                                   Kilometres per hour    77          88.5
    
    Cruising Speed     ..    ..    Miles per hour         40            45
                                   Kilometres per hour    64          72.5
    
    Length of Flight at Cruising   Miles                 200           300
     Speed, allowing 30% Reserve   Kilometres            322           483
     Fuel
    
    No. of Passengers carried                              4             6
    
    
    
  • The Cars are of the Boat type, provided with comfortable Seating accommodation.  

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    This section on Rigid Airships, thought soon to be available, is what dreams are made of. 
    Imagine ordering one from a catalog!
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    Rigid Airships for Commercial Services
  • We advocate the use of Rigid Airships for all Aerial Services necessitating a non-stop run of more than 1,000 miles, and in view of the great developments pending in the use of Airships for Commercial Transport, we have prepared designs for Commercial Rigid Airships of 1,250,000 and 3,500,000 cubic feet capacity
  • (See Plates Nos. 2 and 3)
    Designed Sizes:
                                                     No. 1         No. 2
    Gross Gas Capacity ..    ..    Cubic Feet      1,250,000     3,500,000
                                   Cubic Metres       35,000        98,000
    
    Length ..    ..    ..    ..    Feet                  535           800
                                   Metres                163           244
    
    Maximum diameter and width     Feet                   70           100
                                   Metres               21.3          30.5
    
    Maximum Speed      ..    ..    Miles per hour         65            75
                                   Kilometres per hour   105           121
    
    Cruising Speed     ..    ..    Miles per hour         55            60
                                   Kilometres per hour  88.5          96.5
    
    Suitable non-stop Distance     Miles               1,000         4,000
                                   Kilometres          1,609         6,436
    
    Weight of Passengers and       Tons                    6            15
     Freight carried for above     Kilogrammes         6,096        15,241
     distance
    
    No. of Passengers accommodated                        50           100
    
    
  • These Passenger Airships would be provided with commodious Living and Sleeping Quarters for the Passengers, with all conveniences necessary to ensure the greatest possible comfort and pleasure of travel.
  • Provision would be made to enable the Airships to be moored out to Mooring Towers of Vickers' Patent Type.
  • COMPLETE DESIGNS AND SPECIFICATIONS SUBMITTED TO MEET
    THE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS OF ANY PROPOSED SERVICE

    This design for a first class passenger ship is interesting because the passenger accommodations were on the top of the hull!

    The full size version of this image is HERE.
     
    You can peruse the entire catalog online here:
    The Vickers Airship Catalog

    Keep your sightglass full, your firebox trimmed and your water iced.
    KJ

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