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THE VOYAGE OF L 59.

Little has yet been heard in this country about the most remarkable voyage made by an airship during the war or indeed at any time—that'of"the German L 59, which in November, 1917, flew from Bulgaria to the neighbourhood of Khartoum and back. The circumstances are now becoming known, and a recent issue of the "Aeroplane" publishes * a translation of an account written by one of the crew. Apparently an earlier attempt on the expedition was made, but the Turks (who, like the Bulgarians, had a rooted objection to airships, whether friendly or hostile) brought it to an untimely end by firing on the airship as it was passing Smyrna. On November 21, 1917, however, a start was made the. chief object being to carry medicinal supplies to some of the German forces lighting in East Africa. The L59 travelled by way of the' Asia yMinor coast and over the desert, and arrived at Khartoum early in the morning of November 23. There it was recalled by wireless order of the German Admir-

alty, as the force to whose relief it v/as proceeding was found to, have surrendered. Two days more and ..the airship was back again in its shed in Bulgaria., having sighted no enemy more dangerous than a British convoy ••Uid escort in the Mediterranean. The total length of the voyage is" estimated at 7300 kilometres j and it is at least a positive proof to the sceptical of the great distances that the modern airship can cover in a non-stop journey. . ■

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THE VOYAGE OF L 59., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9584, 11 April 1919

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THE VOYAGE OF L 59. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9584, 11 April 1919

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