Wikipedia wroteColon The British Imperial Airship Scheme was first known as the Burney Scheme, after Sir Dennistoun Burney, who in 1921 proposed to Vickers, Ltd. the construction of commercial airships for establishing airline services between England and the colonies of the British Empire.
The North Ireland headquartered manufacturer "The Short Brothers
" located in Belfast, built zeppelins and airships from 1908 to present day (Now a part of the Bombardier Group) for both the British Govt and for private companies. The Short Brothers built the famous R31/32 class mid sized rigid airships as well as a plethora of fixed wing aircraft (Many suitable for CS!). They continue to make commercial advertiser Blimps to this day.William Beardmore and Company, Ltd
. of Glasgow Scotland built British airships from 1908 until 1975 when they closed operations. They had many factories and built not only R27, R32, R34 & R36 airships, but also fixed wing aircraft, automobiles, trains, railcars and ships, both naval and merchant vessels. They were early pioneers of the "Diesel Electric" power systems, using diesel engines to produce electricity to power electric motors, a very efficient system that is still in use today, in fact becoming vogue with the modern "Hybrid" automotive systems. Vickers
the famous British engineering firm that existed from 1828 until 1999, built a variety of airships from 1929 - 1949. (Currently closed but owned by The Rolls Royce Group and expected to re-open next year.) Primarily design and prototyping, they are responsible for the (in)famous British R100/102/103 class/family of airships. They did not build that many airships themselves as factory space was limited and devoted mainly to firearms, trains, ships and submarines. Their working designs were passed on to other subcontracting manufactures to build. In our world only one R100 was ever built with plans construct more in Australia, Singapore & Canada. There is no reason why in Crimson Skies, Vickers could not continue to be a successful designer/builder using various subcontractors throughout the greater Commonwealth, perhaps even licensing a factory in Dixie.Royal Airship Works
Redesigned the R100 and built is as the R101, but with paranoia following a fatal crash in 1930, they failed to gather enough financial support to continue operations. A shame really as the R101, known as The Imperial Class
, while a bit (OK a lot) too heavy, was a fine design that could have been quickly refined and improved. In Crimson Skies it could easily become the standard British airship. Larger than the R30/31/27/32/34/36 & 80, but smaller than the planned huge R103 & R104. (The R102/103/104 were never built in the real world but they would be fine for Crimson Skies.)