Real Imperial

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The Handley Page HP 42 airliners of Imperial Airways are a familiar sight in the iconography of the interwar airways system as we’ve seen here – their interiors less so. What aspects and details can you identify in the images?

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Based (as my colleague Juanita Franzi explored so well in her paper at the Aviation Cultures conference) on the railway carriage Pullman interior, they were a step to a new form of travel, but definitely conservative, and for a flying room, remarkably sedate.

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James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer.

Images from several sources, but this blog has a good spread on the HP 42 story.

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