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I survived school history despite the best efforts of the education system to bore me to death. Many years later, I discovered Treaties, dates, the movement of nations, are mere context. The fascination is in the details.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Argosy, City of Glasgow
Now the aerial voyagers embark in their winged express, one of the multi-engined "Silver Wing" biplanes which carry nineteen or twenty passengers and their luggage, in addition to the pilot, engineer, and steward, the last-named serving refreshments from his neatly-appointed buffet while the machine is in flight. Large trunks, it may be noted, as well as smaller luggage, can be accommodated in these big air expresses. The motors driving the giant machine develop a total of nearly 2,000 horse-power. Weighing, fully loaded, more than eight tons, the air express attains an average speed of 95 miles-an-hour with a top speed of approximately 120 miles-an-hour.
Entering the saloon of this big 'plane - the fruit of years of experience in commercial design and construction - passengers find that it is roomy, lofty, spacious. Each traveller is given a separate armchair seat, on one side of which there is a curtained outlook window, which may be opened as desired.
('The Romance of a Modern Airway', Harry Harper, 1930.)

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