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Russia is planning to use airships as part of a $240bn transport project

Richard Wharram

All of this is documented in the classic book 'Slide Rule':

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Slide-Vintage-Classics-Nevil-Norway/dp/0099530171/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1471008816&sr=8-2&keywords=slide+rule

Also there's an Iron Maiden song about it called 'Empire of the Clouds'.

And the 8th Doctor had a companion he rescued from the R101.

Funny old world.

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