PROPER first class (vintage photo)

Old Nov 13, 17, 7:43 am
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PROPER first class (vintage photo)

Imperial were on the BA family tree so I don't think this is OT. Was just idly browsing on eBay for photos of old airliners, and found this magnificent interior shot. I'm bidding.

The same seller seems to have a lot of similar vintage airliner postcards from Croydon.

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F152775014559
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Old Nov 13, 17, 7:45 am
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surely you'd be better off bidding (and winning) and only then posting this up here?
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Old Nov 13, 17, 7:51 am
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It looks very like some of the CCR ;D
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Old Nov 13, 17, 7:54 am
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Originally Posted by shadowline View Post
surely you'd be better off bidding (and winning) and only then posting this up here?
I'm not bidding all that seriously, can't afford another collecting hobby. But it's a fascinating shot. Trying to figure out the airliner, guessing probably a flying boat. There are some tremendous shots of the Hengist exterior.
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Old Nov 13, 17, 8:08 am
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Actually this is great, and old Pathe newsreel. I think the interior on eBay is an HP42 in the larger variant.

Frequent fliers will no doubt want to put themselves in one of the two seats in the bar section

https://YouTu.be/d4WZUAnOomk
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It looks very like some of the CCR ;D
Hahahaha
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It reminds me of the First Class compartments on the old slam door trains. They had wooden trim, if not wood panelling. On second thoughts, perhaps my rose tinted glasses are a little steamed up! :-)
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Old Nov 13, 17, 10:55 am
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Meanwhile, on the shorthaul;
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Old Nov 13, 17, 10:58 am
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Originally Posted by bisonrav View Post
I'm not bidding all that seriously, can't afford another collecting hobby. But it's a fascinating shot. Trying to figure out the airliner, guessing probably a flying boat. There are some tremendous shots of the Hengist exterior.
I think it's a Heracles-class.

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/44/52...757bbd0478.jpg
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Originally Posted by krispy84 View Post
It reminds me of the First Class compartments on the old slam door trains. They had wooden trim, if not wood panelling. On second thoughts, perhaps my rose tinted glasses are a little steamed up! :-)

Darling - how many of us here have actually flown from Croydon airport albeit probably not on one of those airliners?

Does anyone offhand know what Croydon's status was during the war?
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Old Nov 13, 17, 11:48 am
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Old Nov 13, 17, 1:34 pm
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We all moan about BA's ground handling procedures, lounges, food etc. In the Imperial Airways days it was even more challenging.

Watch this 1937 film (below) about their staging post at Sharjah's old airfield, now subsumed in the city itself, but much like this when I first operated from there in 1961.

Start at the 5 mins point when the inflight rations start arriving by donkey if you don't want the history of the city itself ...!

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Did they eat the CE salad on their knees?
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Old Nov 13, 17, 1:50 pm
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Originally Posted by PUCCI GALORE View Post
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Does anyone offhand know what Croydon's status was during the war?
I didn't know, but found this >>> http://www.croydonairport.org.uk/The...rt/The-History

Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, subsequently Transport Command.
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Old Nov 13, 17, 2:16 pm
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Nah, Imperial are rubbish.....

I went on the Hindenburg the other day and it was much more comfortable, better food and a piano in the dining saloon! The staff on Imperial have a better sense of humour and the colonial style overnight accommodation might appeal to those who endured a British Public School, but overall I preferred the more efficient and comfortable German airship. It felt a lot safer than Imperial's 'stringbags' too

No doubt the usual Imperial apologists will be along shortly...
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