British Blimps used to monitor for U-boat threats to Allied shipping in World War I
United Kingdom Date:1918 Duration:33 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Blimps used by British Royal Air Service, primarily to patrol for submarines during World War 1. An air ship is towed out of a canvas tent hangar. Scene shifts to a British Coastal Class blimp being moved out of a substantial permanent hangar. One ground crewman ducks into trench between tracks as the blimp skids traverses them while moving. View of gunner manning a Lewis Gun, apparently mounted on a pedestal surrounded by a circle of protective railing, on the top of the envelope (gas bag). Separately, a gondola for an SST (Sea Scout Twin) class blimp is seen in the hangar. Its fuel tanks,and various operating equipment are seen. Engine radiators and Blades of its twin 9 ft diameter four-bladed propellers are partially seen at the top of the gondola. An officer walking within the framework of the gondola.
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