It’s August 1, 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 Saint-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 R-100 British airship
nicknamed 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 R-101,
explodes in a giant fireball. A little more than a year after
its historic flight to Canada, the R-100 and its mooring mast are scrapped. To know more about the R-100 go to History Matters at virtualmuseum.ca.
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