This cancels all previous Cata-
Barrow No. 5 English.
Telephone: VICTORIA 6900
Naval Construction Works
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 45 52 Kilometres per hour 72 84 Endurance at Maximum Speed Hours 60 75 Miles 4,000 5,600 Kilometres 6,437 9,012 Endurance at Cruising Speed Hours 150 200 Miles 6,800 10,000 Kilometres 10,943 16,093
All Fabric Work of Vickers' own Special Manufacture
COMPLETE DESIGNS AND SPECIFICATIONS SUBMITTED
TO MEET ANY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT
Rigid Airships for Commercial Services
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
Small Non-Rigid Airships
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
Large Non-Rigid Airships
No. 1 No. 2 Gross Gas Capacity .. .. Cubic Feet 360,000 500,000 Cubic Metres 10,080 14,000 Length .. .. .. .. Feet 318 340 Metres 97 103.5 Maximum diameter .. .. Feet 50 56 Metres 15.2 17.1 Maximum Speed .. .. Miles per hour 55 60 Kilometres per hour 88.5 96.5 Cruising Speed .. .. Miles per hour 45 50 Kilometres per hour 72.5 80.5
FOR NAVAL PATROL AIRSHIP:--
Number of men in crew .. .. .. .. .. 5 .. 8 Endurance at Cruising Speed Hours 40 45 Miles 2,000 2,250 Kilometres 3,218 3,260FOR PASSENGER CARRYING CRUISER:--
Length of Flight at Cruising Miles 300 450 Speed, with 30% Reserve Fuel Kilometres 433 724 No. of Passengers carried 30 50
No. 1 No. 2 No. 3 Gross Gas Capacity .. Cubic Feet 28,000 35,000 42,000 Cubic Metres 800 1,000 1,200
Mooring Masts for Rigid Airships.
The only experiments made with Mooring Masts for Rigid Airships have been carried out to our designs, and all gear in connection therewith has been designed and manufactured throughout at our Works.
We are now able to arrange for the landing and mooring of rigid airships of any size by means of automatic devices for which we hold the Patents, entirely obviating the use of large bodies of men for handling parties.
Designs for Commercial Aerodromes complete in all details, equipped with Vickers Standard Mooring Mast suitable for passenger service, can be prepared to suit any requirements.
Existing rigid airships may be modified to take our Patent Mooring and landing Gear, enabling them to land and remain moored at any Air Station provided with Mooring Masts.
Mooring Masts for Non-Rigid Airships.
Mooring Masts for Non-Rigid Airships have been designed And made by us in conjunction with Brigadier-General E. A. Masterman, C.M.G, R.A.F., the holder of the Patents for the only successful type of non-rigid mooring mast yet produced.
Ships equipped with these mooring masts have withstood gales of over 50 m.p.h. without loss or damage, while landing at the mast and leaving for a flight are readily accomplished in winds of any average velocity.
We are prepared to undertake the manufacture of mooring masts for non-rigid airships of any size under Ceneral Masterman's Patents.
Fabric Work for Rigid Airships.
We are the largest Makers, and the Pioneers in Great Britain, in the manufacture of fabrics, and the construction of gasbags, outer covers, ballast bags, buffer bags, and all other fabric parts for rigid airships. We were the first Firm to develop the process of manufacturing skin-lined gasbags. We are in a position to manufacture gasbags and any other fabric components to any requirements.
Envelopes for Non-Rigid Airships
We are specialists in this work, and the only makers of envelopes with the "PARSEVAL" Patent System of Trajectory band suspension. We can design and manufacture any size required.
Fabric Work for Aeroplanes. Flotation bags and air bags for aeroplanes and seaplanes of any size and type.
Metal Fittings for Airships and Balloons.
We manufacture gas valves, ballast valves, and standard fittings of all kinds for Rigid and Non-Rigid Airships.
Petrol and Oil Stop Valves.
STANDARD SIZES Inches 1/4 5/16 3/8 7/16 1/2 9/16 5/8 BORE Millimetres 6.35 7.94 9.52 11.11 12.7 14.79 15.87with "Duralumin" bodies and rustless steel ball valves.
We are specialists in the manufacture of all classes of work in Vickers' Special Light Alloy "Duralumin," including stampings, drop forgings, and plate work of all kinds, and to any quantity.
This catalogue was printed by Vickers Ltd. in approximately 1920-22. Internal evidence suggests 1921. Vickers were (and still are) one of Britain's largest shipbuilders, and were then a successful manufacturer of military aircraft and dirigibles.
Prices were not listed; presumably quotes were available as requested. If you needed to ask, you probably couldn't afford it.
Some of the airships described in this catalogue were built, others never got past the drawing board. Specifically:
Although the R80 was limited, the obvious merits of her design led to a contest to build an airship capable of flying the Atlantic or a direct passage to India. The commercial entry was the R100, built largely by the Vickers team; the government design was the R101, built at the Royal Airship Works,Cardington. Unfortunately the R101 was a flawed design and flew before it was fully tested, crashing on its first flight to India.
Thanks to Paul Davidson for copying the catalogue and obtaining permission for its reproduction, and to Vickers (VSEL) for this permission. Nigel Caley provided the new information that has been added to this revision. Please note that all designs remain the property of Vickers. Talk to them if you actually want to build one...
All graphics were scanned from photocopies at 300 DPI, and have been edited to remove dots etc.; the 75 DPI greyscale images were made by resampling the 300 DPI images. Illustrations are as follows:
|Company logo & title, a "paste up" of the top, middle and bottom of the page.
|Vickers "V" and Crown logo (300 DPI only)|
|Plate 1 - Rigid Naval airship
|Plate 2 - 1,250,000 cbc. ft. commercial airship
|Plate 3 - 3,500,000 cbc. ft. commercial airship
|Plate 4 - 100,000 cbc. ft. sea scout
|Plate 5 - 360,000 cbc. ft "Parseval" type
|Plate 6 - Kite balloon
|Plate 7 - Spherical balloon
|Plate 8 - Aerodrome and mooring tower for rigid airship
|Plate 9 - Mooring mast for non-rigid airship
|Model of large commercial airship (as plate 3)
(Scanned from a photocopy of a photograph)
Note: The roundels shown on this model are somewhat puzzling on a civilian airship.
|Examples of the typefaces used in the catalogue.
A copy of plate 10 was not available.
Honesty compels me to admit that in the years since the ASCII text version was scanned to disk I have lost the originals; while I have tried to recall the typography etc. as best I can for this HTML version, it is possible that some aspects are wrong.
For various reason the first HTML version of this article was converted from one file format to another in a way that doubled the spacing of most of the pre-formatted text. This somehow went unnoticed in previous releases, but has now been corrected.