Aeroplane Monthly 1984-12
J.Stroud - Wings of Peace
The prototype LeO 21, F-AIFD, flying near Croydon.
The 8-passenger 105-m.p.h. Liore-Olivier Golden Ray (1922);
F-AIFE in Golden Ray livery, with nose baggage door and navigation lights. LeO 212 is painted on the rudder.
An unidentified LeO 213 in flight.
Loading baggage into an unidentified LeO 213.
F-AIZN, LeO 213 No 4 at Le Bourget.
Another view of F-AIFD at Croydon.
The prototype Liore and Olivier LeO 21 commercial aeroplane with two "Jupiter" engines as originally built with stub exhausts and centre section struts.
F-AIFD Capitaine Ferber at Croydon in 1928, with fuselage-wing gap fairings. Although it has Jupiter engines it bears LeO 212 on the rudder.
F-AJBE, LeO 213 No 6, after a forced landing near Kenley in January 1931.
AN AERIAL RESTAURANT: An interior view of the cabin of one of the Air Union machines (two Bristol "Jupiters") fitted up as a dining car. It is in daily service (Sundays excepted) on the London-Paris route, and on the Paris-London trip a four course hot luncheon is served, tea being served on the London-Paris flight. Seating (or "eating") accommodation is provided for 12 passengers, and the kitchen is located in the nose. The catering arrangements are carried out by the Cie Internationale des Wagons-Lits, whose steward is on board to attend to passengers.
The restaurant version of the LeO 21, looking aft.
Capt Raymond des Fives and Roger L. Huillier died in this LeO 213 after it crashed at Wallington near Croydon on May 31, 1934.
KEITH WOODCOCK'S painting depicts Air Union's LeO 213 Golden Ray F-AIVG. This aircraft was destroyed when it hit a radio mast after taking off from Croydon.