Today we largely take air travel for granted. Every big city in the world is little more than a plane ticket away. But what was it actually like to fly to the other side of the planet in the 1930s, when the very idea was still new? Pretty amazing, as it turns out—provided you had a big enough wallet and could afford it. It was also very scary as the photos below clearly show.
In the early days of commercial air travel, Imperial Airways was Britain's taxi to the world. As the British Empire's lone international airline in the 1920s and '30s, Imperial was responsible for delivering wealthy travelers every corner of the Empire. And in doing so, they not only launched an industry, they made the world a much more accessible place for us all.
Cool photos below!
- Don Stuck