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London was bombed for the ÀUVWWLPHRQ0D\WKDW\HDU LEFT: “Londoners fear the Zeppelin” – a 1914 German propaganda card. Although the German airship attacks killed 557 people throughout the war, their overall effect on WKHFRXUVHRIWKHFRQÁLFWZDV rather limited and by 1916 British defence measures began to prevail. OPPOSITE: A British Handley Page 0/400 coming in to land. The 0/400 was the RAF’s main long-range strategic bomber during the First World War but the war came to an end before the Allied bombing campaign against Germany could have much effect.

BELOW: The De Havilland DH 66 Hercules and the Armstrong Whitworth Argosy were Britain’s Imperial Airways’ main aircraft during the 1920s. Journeys along Imperial’s empire routes could take several days and include overnight stops and various different modes of transport. 57 Aviation Takes Off // 1919-1939 took six months. Only seven years later in 1931, American Wiley Post and navigator Harold Gatty managed to circle the globe in eight days and 16 hours in his Lockheed Vega Winnie Mae. Other fliers such as Englishman Alan Cobham and Frenchman Jean Mermoz made their names by making route-proving flights for mail and passenger carrying services.

Similarly, in 1924 two US Army Air Service Douglas World Cruisers were the first aircraft to travel completely round the world in an incredible 42,400-kilometre (26,345-mile) journey that LEFT: An Aircraft Transport and Travel de Havilland DH 16 in 1919. Its four passengers HDFKSDLG…IRUWKHÁLJKW from Hounslow, London to Le Bourget, Paris. 56 Alan Cobham (1894–1973) Alan Cobham learnt to fly in the RFC during the First World War. After a time with a company providing pleasure flights, he joined de Havilland Aeroplane Hire Service in 1921.

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