NO-NAME DE HAVILLAND D.H.50. Sir Alan Cobham used a 385-h .p. Jaguar (radial) powered D.H .50J (G-EBFO) for his epic England - South Africa survey flight. This photograph illustrates the unique World War II 230-h.p. A.D.C. Nimbus-powered VH-UAB (c/ n. 106), built at Stag Lane in 1924. Before R.A .A.F. impressment as A.10-I it was G-AUAB, then VH-AUB. Four passengers plus pilot (in rear cockpit) could be carried.
HANDLEY PAGE "ATLANTIC". But for the successful intervention of the Vickers Vimy flown by Alcock and Brown (Saturday/Sunday, 14th/15th June, 1919) the four-motor Handley Page V.1500 "Atlantic" might have become the first aircraft to bridge the North Atlantic. A series of setbacks frustrated the Handley Page team - led by Admiral Mark Kerr. with Major H. G. Brackley and the Norwegian Major Trygve Gran as pilots - so that the attempt had to be abandoned. Instead, the "Atlantic" was used for a goodwill tour of Canada and the U.S.A. The V. 1500 was designed in 1917 to launch the air war on Berlin (some 250 were eventually built) but events decided otherwise. A 3,300-lb . H.E. bomb could be carried. Span 126 ft.; length 62 ft.; a.u.w. 30.000 lb . Normal cruise 80 m.p.h. for 1.300 miles.