It was probably akin to having the space shuttle drop in the city.
For Canadians in eastern Canada and especially Montreal, on August 1, 1930, the sight of the enormous British Airship R-100 floating slowly past before mooring to the special mast near Montreal, was simply amazing.
The airship had made a transatlantic crossing in an astounding time of under 79 hours. With a crew of 32 and carrying 6 passengers, it was the first passenger carrying flight from England to Canada.
The R-100 stayed at St Hubert, south of Montreal for 10 days during which time some one million people visited the area to view the giant ship.
When the sister ship R-101 crashed in France in October 1930, the R-100 was grounded and then sold for scrap the following year.