Real Imperial


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?


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.


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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