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Century-old letter on display in East Lothian

A letter written 100 years ago and dropped over Nova Scotia from the R.34 airship during its recordbreaking double transatlantic crossing is now on display at the National Museum of Flight to mark the centenary of the R.34’s departure from its East Fortune base

The R.34’s epic journey, which took place just a few weeks after Alcock and Brown’s record-breaking westeast Atlantic flight of June 1919, was the first ever return flight across the Atlantic and the first east-west crossing by air.

The letter, which was recently acquired by National Museums Scotland, was written by Reverend George Davys Jones who worked as a chaplain at RAF East Fortune. He gave it to the R.34 crew to post to his sister in Bournemouth once the airship had reached the USA. It was dropped from the airship over Nova Scotia on 5 July, then discovered by Milton Weldon on 8 November at Selmah, Hants County, forwarded to Halifax, Nova Scotia and posted back to England, where it arrived later that month. The letter describes the sense of excitement about the R.34’s forthcoming journey, explaining that the whole station was required to guide the massive airship out of its shed ahead of its record breaking flight.

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