N.S.7 (North Sea-class)
United Kingdom (1917)
National Origin: United Kingdom
Service Year: 1917
Classification Type: Non-Rigid Airship
Manufacturer(s): United Kingdom
N.S.7 served from 1917 through to the end of World War 1, completing her final flight in 1921.
Detailing the development and operational history of the N.S.7 (North Sea-class) Non-Rigid Airship. Entry last updated on 10/18/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
Airships of the period were used to provide crucial wartime service such as submarine hunting, maritime reconnaissance, naval artillery direction and convoy escort.
As a class, the ship's design carried a crew of ten personnel and were powered by 2 x Rolls-Royce Eagle engines of 250 horsepower. These were later replaced on some airships by 2 x Fiat engines of 240 horsepower each. Performance included a maximum speed of nearly 60 miles per hour with an endurance window of 24 hours and a service ceiling of 9,500 feet.
Three to five 7.7mm Lewis Gun machine guns were carried for point defense against marauding enemy fighters. A bombload of 1,380lb was made up of conventional drop stores.
Of the fourteen NS-class airships available, just six were in service at the end of the war. N.S.7 was used as an aerial escort of the surrendered German High Seas Fleet in the voyage to Rosyth after the war. The airship completed its final flight on October 25th, 1921.
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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
This entry's maximum listed speed (57mph).
Graph average of 75 miles-per-hour.
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