Howden Air Station

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Howden Air Station was a Royal Naval Air Service command during the Great War. It opened on 26 June, 1916.


The station consisted of barrack huts, officers' quarters, and a pigeon loft for the two carrier pigeons each airship carried to relay messages back to the station in the event of radio failure or if the airship ditched.

A large shed was built to accommodate a rigid airship and two smaller sheds for non-rigids. By 1919, the station boasted the largest shed in the world: 750 feet in length and 130 feet at the top of the doors.

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