Event National Museum of Flight

Airship R.34 Anniversary Season

29 Jun - 31 Oct 2019

Free, included in admission

A celebration of the first East to West Crossing of the Atlantic by air. 2019 marks the centenary of this event which saw the Airship R.34 leave East Fortune Airfield on 2 July 1919 and land in Mineola, Long Island, USA four days later. It also marks the first return flight across the Atlantic. R.34 took off again on 10 July 1919 arriving in Pulham, England, 75 hours later.


Awesome Bricks

15 & 16 June

The centenary was celebrated as part of our Awesome Bricks weekend. Visitors helped build giant LEGO® mosaic of the Airship R.34 and could see a LEGO® model of Wopsie the cat, the airship's stowaway feline.

Wopsie the stowaway cat made out of LEGO®

Record Breakers Trail

Daily throughout the summer

Follow the story of the 100th anniversary of Airship R.34's first transatlantic flight with our Record Breakers themed family trail and discover the museum and historic airfield anew.

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Airship R.34 at East Fortune Airfield in 1919.

Display

2 July-31 August

See a centenary display celebrating Airship R.34's epic journey from East Fortune Airfield and to Mineola, Long Island, USA on 6 July 1919. It also marks the first return flight across the Atlantic. R34 took off again on 10 July 1919 arriving in Pulham, England, 75 hours later.

Talks

29 June-7 July

A series of 20 minute talks about the Airship R.34. Please ask for details at the National Museum of Flight on the day.

R.34 at Mineola, with the White Ensign of the Royal Navy flying from the tail, as preparations are made for the return to the UK.

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Header: Painting depicting the departure of the British Airship R34 on 2 July 1919 from East Fortune by David Weston, England, 1979. © Estate of David Weston

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