Our cover illustration this week shows the Royal Envoy, G-AEXX, bought in 1937 by the Air Council for the King’s Flight. A standard Envoy with a specially arranged cabin, the aircraft is painted in the Guards colours and has silver wings.
BALLOONS INFLATED FOR THE GORDON BENNETT RACE in 1937. Before inflation is begun, a balloon is laid out on the ground beneath its net. The gas is forced through the neck at the bottom of the envelope, and as the envelope lifts, bags of ballast are removed sot that the procedure is unhampered.
MAKING ADJUSTMENTS TO THE NET of a balloon before attaching the basket. It is important that the net should be evenly distributed over the envelope. The strength of the net may be gauge by the way in which this member of the balloon’s crew is clambering about on it. The numerous bags of ballast for holding down the balloon are seen at the bottom of this picture.