The first aircraft specifically ordered for Imperial Airways was the Armstrong Whitworth Argosy. This three-engined airliner first appeared at Hendon in July 1926 and started European services reaching Paris in two and a half hours from Croydon. Seating 28 pasengers, the Argosy could cruise at 90 mph with a range of 400 miles. Later models served the Indian routes before being replaced by the Handley Page HP42 Heracles.
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