Airships Over Ulster

Royal Naval Air Service Airships During the First World War

Guy Warner

Date Published :
October 2015
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highly illustrated
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ISBN : 9781780730080
Pages : 64
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This new edition of Airships over Ulster is a tantalizing piece of hidden history brought to life by aviation historian Guy Warner. He expertly weaves together the fascinating tale of pioneering aviation, anti-submarine warfare in World War One, and the human connection to the first military aviation facility in Ulster. Airships from the mooring-out station at Bentra, Whitehead in County Antrim flew dozens of missions in support of the naval forces based in Larne. This book is well illustrated with little seen images of the airships in action, design details and the personnel involved - several photographed by the local people who became accustomed to the sight of these 'great, grey, silent shapes'.

About The Author

Guy Warner is a retired schoolteacher and former MOD civil servant, who grew up in Newtownabbey in Northern Ireland, attending Abbots Cross Primary School and Belfast High School before going to Leicester University and later Stranmillis College. He now lives in Greenisland, Co Antrim with his wife Lynda. He also has two grown up daughters and three grandchildren. He is the author of over twenty five books and booklets on aviation past and present and has written hundreds of articles for magazines in the UK, Ireland and the USA. He also reviews books for several publications, gives talks to local history societies etc and has appeared on TV and radio programmes, discussing aspects of aviation history.


Lighter-than-air non-rigid craft (or "blimps”) were responsible for a good part of anti-submarine actions in World War I. Guarding western approaches, SS-Class (Submarine Scout or Sea Scout) airships operating from Royal Naval Air Service stations patrolled the Irish coast searching for U-boats and escorting Allied naval vessels safely into harbor. Airships Over Ulster gives details of these patrols from the first military aviation facility in Ulster, on the eastern coast of northern Ireland. The text includes personal stories of crews involved, photos and technical particulars of the airships, as well as tips on how to fly one (which raises the question: why is no one in the army of replica builders out there working on an SS-Class Airship?). The new edition of this monograph is an important contribution to collecting regional histories. It is recommended.

- Over the Front, August 2016

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