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May 1, 1910
Mr. Graham White paid a visit to the Hippodrome, Leicester Square, yesterday afternoon, and was shown how an airship might be maneuvered by means of wireless telegraphy.

The demonstrator, Mr. Thomas Raymond E. Phillips, of Liverpool, had on the stage an airship measuring twenty feet by five. Its frame was fitted with four propellers, two in front being for, steering and general maneuvering purposes, and two underneath for raising and lowering the ship. In the centre of the frame is carried a wireless receiver and controller, and at the extreme end the necessary accumulators providing the power for the electric motors. By means of a transmitter on the stage, Mr. Phillips threw wireless waves on to the propellers, and so was able to direct the ship to any desired part of the Hippodrome auditorium.

Mr. Graham White, under the guidance of Mr. Phillips, made the dirigible journey to the gallery and circle, and managed to bring it back to the exact spot on the stage whence he started it. Mr. Phillips sent the dirigible on all manner of errands – turning, lowering, and raising it in different parts of the house. At the close Mr. Graham White said the demonstration was extraordinary interesting.

Mr. Phillips states that his device is eminently practical, and declares that, given an ignition coil large enough, he could dispatch an airship from Dover to Calais. In time of war he thinks such dirigibles would be of the greatest possible value. On the frame of the dirigible he has carriers, and in war time these could be filled with dynamite.
(Source: Sheffield Daily Telegraph: May 2, 1910)

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