Handley Page HP42 at Croydon Airport, 1930s.
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actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

Handley Page HP42 at Croydon Airport, 1930s.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


An HP42 about to embark on the first leg of the Africa Air Mail Service on a wet day in Croydon. The Handley Page HP42 was the most famous Imperial Airways airliner of the period. It first flew in at Radlett in 1930 and entered service in June 1931. The eight aircraft served until 1941 in different versions over routes to Australasia and Africa. It was powered by four Bristol Jupiter engines and carried 24 pasengers and four crew at about 100mph.

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