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Airship R100 (Atlantic Flight)

Volume 244: debated on Tuesday 11 November 1930

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asked the Under Secretary of State for Air what steps, if any, have been taken to recognise in any way the achievement of the officers and crew of the, R.100, whose voyage across the Atlantic and back was achieved against adverse climatic conditions?

My hon. Friend will remember that, on the successful conclusion of R.100's Atlantic flight, the officers and crew were received at Cardington by the late Secretary of State for Air, who congratulated them in the warmest terms. My Noble Friend agrees that the flight was a notable achievement for which the officers and crew deserve all credit, but he does not think that in the circumstances recognition of an exceptional kind would be appropriate.

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether the crew of R.100 received any special leave after the double voyage across the Atlantic; and whether any of these men have anything in writing by the Government to produce as proof, in their search for work elsewhere, that they helped to accomplish such a feat?

The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative. As regards the second part, no member of the crew has been discharged, but any member who desires will, if and when he leaves, be furnished with a statement that he took part in the flight.