Days of Empire

usual shop 015Flying boats and seaplanes were the Betamax of the aviation industry. I have this theory that much of the development of the world’s great cities and transport hubs would have been different if large aircraft had continued to take off from and land on water; we wouldn’t be arguing about a fifth runway at Heathrow, for a start, as the Thames Estuary would be the hotspot for access to London. Anyway, these things are curiously fascinating to my quasi-autistic brain, and I have to admit that one of the highlights of a San Fransisco-Seattle West Coast road trip last year was the chance to visit the most famous flying boat of them all, Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose, now sheltered in a new museum near Portland, Oregon. I sat in the pilot’s seat. I have also been to the wonderful little flying boat museum at Foynes, near Limerick. Consequently, I am very pleased indeed with this Imperial Airways advertising print with cutaway diagram (showing a smoking compartment). £5, car boot sale at Sayers Common. The plane’s a Short Empire C-Class, built late 1930s, by the way.

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