Wiki Wormhole: In the 1920s, dirigibles were Britain’s future
With more than 4.8 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or looking into starting your own pirated Canadian Trader Joe’s location. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 4,852,339-week series, Wiki Wormhole.
This week’s entry: The Imperial Airship Scheme
What it’s about: By the 1922, the British Empire ruled over one-fifth of the world’s population and nearly a quarter of the world’s land. While Britain’s naval superiority allowed for trade and transportation across the globe-spanning empire, travel by sea was still slow, and the British were looking for a faster way to move people and goods around an empire upon which the sun never set. Britain thought it had hit on a solution in airships, or dirigibles, hydrogen-filled marvels that could float the friendly skies and …