2019 is the centenary of one of the great feats of aviation, the first double airborne crossing of the Atlantic.

The British airship R34 took off from East Fortune in Scotland in July 1919, crossed to Mineola, Long Island and came back to Pulham in Norfolk.

Award-winning Diss Museum, the nearest accredited, general interest museum to the old Pulham airship station is leading a commemoration.

Meetings have taken place since 2012 between South Norfolk, the Scottish National Museum of Flight in East Lothian, the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island, the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen and other interested parties.

The German connection is significant, as airships were German technology, the R34 being a blatant copy of a crashed Zeppelin.

One of the great dreams of the project is to get a Zeppelin, albeit a fraction of the size of the great dirigibles, to come back to East Anglia. 

The owner of Thorpe Abbotts airfield, now a museum, has given his blessing to this. All we have to do is raise the money.

We have many other ideas for the commemoration: a booklet and CD of the R34 log, a special beer, fridge magnets, bookmarks, T-shirts etc.

A local composer is working on a musical score for an R34 concert, while the award-winning Scottish indie-rock band  Admiral Fallow will also provide music.

A laser-lit show in the hangar at East Lothian is also on the cards. There will be re-creations of the banquets held in honour of the crew, plus schools projects, exhibitions on an airship theme by local art and textile groups and so on.

The contact at Diss Museum is Basil Abbott. Telephone: (01379) 650618. email: dissmuseum@lineone.net