Correspondence containing personal accounts of the first east-west flight across the Atlantic on the airship R.34, together with photocopies of material from Public Record Office and elsewhere

Scope and Content

A collection of material used by Mr. P. Abbott to write his book, Airship, the story of the R.34 and the first east-west crossing of the Atlantic by air. Material includes a file of letters, which contains correspondence with Fred Browdie, W. W. Ballantyne, W. Johnson, John D. Shotter, Robin Higham, Lord Ventry, T. B. Williams and John N. Forteath.

The remaining parts of the collection in includes copies of files from the National Archives and elsewhere, including J. E. M. Pritchard's technical report on the trans atlantic flight of R.34, the official history and record of the airship, a letter from E. M. Maitland to the Chief of Staff at the Air Ministry, material relating to the carrying of airmail and an official report on the flight by G. H. Scott and others, together with a selection of press reports.

Access Information

Open to consultation.

Custodial History

Collection donated to the Royal Aeronautical Society, by the author, on 9th September 1977.