In the London Science Museum there is a wonderful aviation gallery; it’s not huge, but they have planes through the ages, including the Vickers Vimy that Alcock and Brown first flew non-stop across the Atlantic in 1919, eight years before Lindberg’s solo flight. They also have a huge collection of aeroplane engines, including the Maybach engine from a Zeppelin, shown below. But what really captured my imagination was the gondola from the airship Beta. Doesn’t this just make you want to build your own personal airship?
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This is the Maybach engine from a Zeppelin. A different league from the Beta – 180hp in 1908 is pretty impressive.