In August, 1930, nearly 100,000 people gathered in St. Hubert, Quebec to see the R-100 dirigible, fresh from its maiden cross-Atlantic voyage. Many are hysterical with excitement. To know more about this story, visit the exhibit The R-100 Airship, produced by the Société historique du Marigot and virtualmuseum.ca. Leave us your comments below, and tell us why this History Matters to you.
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Why would thousands of people, in a small Quebec town, climb metal stairs 200 feet straight up into the air?
It’s August 1st, 1930. The largest metallic object ever to fly over Canada has landed.
Close to 100,000 people gather at Canada’s first international airport at St. Hubert, Quebec to see the alien ship. Many are hysterical with excitement. Local companies advertise everything from Life Insurance to cigarettes to beer.
A song pokes fun at the crowd’s fascination with the cylindrical monster attached to its mooring mast.
Chosen souls climb high into the air on a narrow, metal stairway to enter the magnificent R100 British airship nick-named the Titanic of the Skies.
This modern answer to transatlantic crossings, which Canada has invested so much in, is doomed after its sister ship, the R101, explodes in a giant fireball. A little more than a year after its historic flight to Canada, the R100 and its mooring mast are scrapped.
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