Part 25 of Wonders of World Aviation was published on Tuesday 23rd August 1938, price 7d.
This part included a central photogravure supplement further illustrating the article on British Airways.
This week’s cover shows the Frobisher, first of a new class of De Havilland streamlined air liners for use on the London-Paris service. The Frobisher is a low-wing monoplane fitted with four Gipsy Twelve engines and has a cruising speed of 210 miles an hour. There is accommodation for twenty-two passengers.
BAGGAGE IS CARRIED IN THE NOSE of the Lockheed Electra. This compartment is over 30 cubic feet in capacity; some baggage can be carried in compartments in the wings. Controllable-pitch propellers are fitted, and the pitch of thee is partly altered automatically according to the throttle opening. On one engine the aircraft is able to climb to 5,800 feet with full load.
Photogravure Supplement - 3
A THOROUGH INSPECTION of the airframe, engines, instruments, and controls is carried out on completion of each day’s flying, and every item is carefully examined in readiness for the next day’s work. Only after everything had been thoroughly checked is the daily flight certificate signed by the Inspector; without this certificate the machine cannot be flown on service again.
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THE HOME OF BRITISH AIRWAYS is at Heston Airport, Middlesex, an aerial view of the buildings of which is shown in this photograph. The operational staff, service department workshops and the instructional school are all housed at this aerodrome. The large hangar in the foreground now belongs to British Airways and houses the company’s fleet of aircraft. It has a floor area of 60,000 square feet and an unobstructed entrance 200 feet wide.