Out of the ashes of WWI arose several technical advancements. One such advancement was flight, in the form of airships. Towards the tail-end of the conflict the British Admiralty commissioned several new airships - war machines capable of both aggression and reconnaissance. The R34 was one of two airships of this class manufactured for the war effort.
However, the R34 was not completed before the end of the war and thus a giant of the sky was repurposed for a more peacetime application: worldwide commercial travel. It was the hope that the British public needed; the potential to see the world and expand their horizons. Little did they know that the British commercial airship industry would be short lived.