THE NEW HANDLEY PAGE W.8 BIPLANE: For some considerable time there have been rumours of a new type of H.P. which was going to surpass anything hitherto seen in the way of luxury and comfort. The machine is now an accomplished fact, as will be seen from our photograph, and for once rumour has not been far from the truth. The new H.P., which is fitted with two 450 h.p. Napier Lions, is smaller and faster than the War types, and has a magnificent saloon cabin seating from 15 to 20 passengers. A feature of this is that there is no transverse cross bracing, so that the passengers have ample room to move about, while, if the machine be used for the carrying of cargo, the space available is 470 cub. ft. The machine has a maximum speed of 112 m.p.h., and a cruising speed of 90 m.p.h., while the landing speed is as low as 45 m.p.h. After a short test flight of only 20 minutes' duration, the machine was flown to Paris in 2 hours 10 minutes.
Handley Page W.8 G-EAPJ photographed in December 1919 shortly after its first flight on December 4.
Handley Page W.8 G-EAPJ in the Grand Palais in December 1919. G-EAPJ was lost after a crash landing at Poix, Northern France on July 10, 1923.
Sabena’s Handley Page built W.8b at Brussels.
The W.10 G-EBMM in Imperial Airways' dark blue livery at Cricklewood early in 1926.
The W.8f G-EBIX after conversion to the twin-engined W.8g.
W.8bs G-EBDG and ’BH at Croydon on May 16, 1922.
THE HANDLEY PAGE W 8: View inside the cabin
The passenger cabin of the W.8. It is hoped that the candleholders were never used!
Passenger cabin of a Handley Page W.10, accommodating fourteen passengers. The pilot’s open cockpit was situated on the port side.
The passenger cabin of an Imperial Airways W.8b. The small clearance between the propellers and the fuselage can be seen.
Imperial Airways' Handley Page W.8b, G-EBBH Prince George
An Imperial "Joy-Rider": A Handley Page "Hampstead" with Bristol "Jupiter" engines belonging to Imperial Airways carried passengers over Bournemouth and to the Isle of Wight during the meeting.
Handley Page W.9 Hampstead G-EBLE City of New York giving joyrides at the Bournemouth Easter Meeting in April 1927. Originally powered by three 385 h.p. Armstrong Siddeley Jaguar IV engines, these were replaced by 420 h.p. Bristol Jupiter VIs in April 1926.
O-BAHY was one of the two W.8es built by SABCA for Sabena’s European services. It is seen at Croydon.
The W.9a at Filton in July 1926 after the installation of Bristol Jupiters.
The W.8f G-EBIX with medium blue fuselage and fin. In this colour scheme the W.8f was to be seen in United Kingdom post offices on Air Mail advertisement showcards.