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Flying Aboard The Handley Page HP-42. Imperial Airways 1931 to 1939.
Flying the airlines in the thirties was a lot more fun than it is now. It was more leisurely and had more class.

If people had serious money in the 1930s and travelled internationally, they may well have flown on one of these large (130 foot wingspan) Handley Page bi-plane aircraft, which were the mainstay of British Imperial Airways at the time. They carried 26 passengers in first class only, in three different compartments. The first class saloon, the bar and cocktail area, and the smoking section. These machines were ubiquitous, extremely safe (no passenger in a HP-42 was ever killed in 10 years of international and domestic operations from 1930 until 1940), very comfortable in seating, leg room and service, hot meals were served on bone china with silver cutlery, free liquor flowed, overnights were in the very best hotels. There was no rush, no waiting in lines and everyone was well dressed. Flying along at a few thousand feet, one could see, (down to the quality of the washing on the backyard clothes lines) every interesting feature passing below. At 95 to 100 mph. one also had time to look at the passing panorama. It took four days to a week (depending on headwinds and weather) to fly from London to Cape Town, South Africa. By only flying about four hours a day, staying at the best hotels in Europe, Cairo, Khartoum and the Victoria Falls. All stops to India also made for an interesting choice of destinations.
Old fashioned and good mannered ideas and behaviour, like dressing up to have evening drinks on the balcony and certainly not ever being in a hurry - one can only salivate at how pleasurable that would be. In a modern jet , one can get from A to B quickly (even with stop-overs), but nowadays there is nothing to be seen on the ground from 35,000 feet, the modern airline food is at best, basic (unless you are in first class) and passengers are so jam-packed in that one tends to feel like an immigrant in steerage as the Clipper Ship (ca 1844) creaks along.

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Really cool. Here's one in action.


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The classic features and advantage of an inverted gull wing is evident even on this antique airliner as most of us associate this design with the Corsair or Stuka.This appears to be a very strong solid design as bipe wings are quite sturdy and show excellence tolerance to stout wing loadings. However they do nothing for lift requirements over straight wing designs but do offer prop clearance and solid hard points for landing gear location.Might also throw the Typoon and Tempest in the mix with similar traits..


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Great old pics. Thanks.

Ironically, at the time, these passengers would have been considered too antsy and impatient to travel by more civilized methods; ships and trains. grin

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And don't forget the PanAm Clippers, those flying boats used on overseas routes before WWII, which also had sleeping berths like Pullman cars, in addition to the luxuries provided by Imperial.

Indiana Jones got on one in the first movie........


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