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Illustrated London News 9th March 1929
AMENITIES OF THE NEW GIANT AIRSHIP "R101" BRIDGE IN THE SMOKING ROOM; A TYPICAL 2 BIRTH CABIN; AND PROMENADERS LOOKING DOWN ON THE LIGHTS OF THE GREAT CITY
Hitherto one of the things denied the voyager by air has been the ability to smoke, but in the "R101" a special smoking room has been provided, on the lower deck of the passenger accommodation, which is fitted with an aluminium floor to obviate any danger from fire caused by carelessly thrown down cigarettes and lighted matches. The promenade deck extends for some 36 feet to port and starboard of the lounge, and is provided with unsplinterable glass and Cellon windows, giving a magnificent view of the world below. In our drawing we see the aerial voyagers looking down upon the myriads of pin points of light that represent the position of some great city, thousands of feet below them. All the fittings are remarkable for their likeness and their strength. The ornamental columns, for instance, are of balsa wood, which is remarkable for the its lightness. Duralumin and aluminium are found everywhere, and even the electric fittings are of the latter metal. The typical two-birth cabin shown gives some idea of the comfort of the sleeping accommodation. The walls are of fireproof canvass interlined with a black material, while each cabin is warmed and ventilated and electrically lighted.
The Illustrated London News - 9th March 1929
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