C.23 (Coastal Class)
United Kingdom (1917)
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First flying in 1916, C.23 was done in by its own Lewis machine gunner which forced her removal from service in May of 1917.
Detailing the development and operational history of the C.23 (Coastal Class) Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Airship. Entry last updated on 6/5/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
Airships provided good, cost-effective reconnaissance tools for all sides during The Great War. The aircraft were able to travel great distances and at high altitudes, usually out of the range of early interceptors and ground-based fire. Their tactical value was doubled in that these vehicles could traverse over land or water with equal ease, proving them valuable to both army and naval forces alike. Coastal airships, as their name would suggest, were primarily utilized in the maritime patrol role and, for the Royal Navy, this meant searching, tracking and engagement of German submarines threatening the merchant fleet. Without logistical and material support, the island nation could be starved into submission and removed from the war. As such, the C.23 was used in the anti-submarine role for her time in service.
C.23 managed a relatively short operational existence until May 1st, 1917 when its Lewis machine gunner accidentally struck the envelope which forced the aircraft to collapse. The vessel was officially removed from active service on May 11th, 1917. The Coastal Class numbered 27 in all and many were scrapped during 1919 following the cessation of hostilities. In all, the Royal Navy held in its wartime inventory some 213 airships.
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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
This entry's maximum listed speed (47mph).
Graph average of 37.5 miles-per-hour.
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