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'Imperial 42'

- The World's Largest Bi-Plane -

This project originated back in the 1990s, around the time we operated the world's previous largest bi-plane - the World War One bomber replica, the Vickers Vimy. Flying and maintaining this aircraft gave us unique experience and the realisation that something even bigger could be achieved. We chose to make a replica of what we considered to be the last great aircraft that can only be seen in the history books.

This world famous aircraft was the 'Concorde of its era', and epitomised between the wars commercial aviation, was the first airliner to set many standards that we now take for granted, had a perfect safety record, and is twice the size of the Vimy - it is the Handley Page HP42. We always knew it would be along process, but together with the rest of our team's expertise, and the companies and individuals we got to know, the dream is now becoming a reality.

In 2004 we made our intentions public, and launched our airshow exhibition along with our internet presence, and team members worldwide, to gather further information, formailize the necessary infrastructure, and gain industry backing and sponsors.

Now after almost 20 years since the seeds were sewn, and over 80 years since the HP42 entered service with the world famous Imperial Airways, we are now in a position to say that we are starting the actual build!

The infrastructure behind this project is massive, which is why it has taken many people, many years, to get to where we are today. It covers everything before, during, and after the aircraft is built, and many of these areas will be seen publicly as the project progresses. However, we can mention what the public side of the infrastructure is. This will obviously grow as the project does, but to start with, details of our exciting new Imperial Airways collections, exhibitions, supporter's club and website follows to the right. Just click on an image to get more information.

The Imperial Airways collections cover everything from their travelling exhibition and themed function room, to their long awaited museums. The themed function room has been made for housing talks on the era and has areas suitable for displaying related material for each function (and an HP42 diorama display), in the team's well known and loved talk format. All talks have limited space so prior booking is required by contacting via the Goddard Arms base. The museums, now completed and originally planned for 2013, will now open in 2015 and 2016. Sited on the two assembly bases for the aircraft, these visitor centre museums will house the world's largest collection of Imperial Airways artefacts, and major dioramas, including an 'airline experience'. Visitors will be the first to see this private replica under construction. More news as soon as we have it.

Please check back here, and also keep your eyes on the press for updates on this very exciting aircraft.

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The Collection

The team is opening the world's first dedicated Imperial Airways collection in 2014.

The first phase is to be a function room for talks and lectures including original related exhibits. Then in 2015 and 2016 the long awaited visitor centre museums will open on the two sites where the aircraft is being constructed, with the world's largest collection of Imperial Airways artefacts. All the areas follow the same art deco theme and include dioramas such as a radio room and an Argosy fuselage.

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- A History -

The Collection

The team will be opening the world's first Imperial Airways collection in 2014. This will trace the history of British commercial aviation, from the original airlines that formed Imperial Airways up to World War Two and the survivors. There will be dioramas including a representation of 'Croydon Airport's Booking Hall' and the passenger cabin of an HP42, together with the world's largest collection of Imperial Airways ephemera. There will also be all the latest information on the project.

This project originated back in the 1990s, around the time we operated the world's previous largest bi-plane - the World War One bomber replica, the Vickers Vimy. Flying and maintaining this aircraft gave us unique experience and the realisation that something even bigger could be achieved. We chose to make a replica of what we considered to be the last great aircraft that can only be seen in the history books.

This world famous aircraft was the 'Concorde of its era', and epitomised between the wars commercial aviation, was the first airliner to set many standards that we now take for granted, had a perfect safety record, and is twice the size of the Vimy - it is the Handley Page HP42. We always knew it would be along process, but together with the rest of our team's expertise, and the companies and individuals we got to know, the dream is now becoming a reality.

In 2004 we made our intentions public, and launched our airshow exhibition along with our internet presence, and team members worldwide, to gather further information, formailize the necessary infrastructure, and gain industry backing and sponsors.

Now after almost 20 years since the seeds were sewn, and over 80 years since the HP42 entered service with the world famous Imperial Airways, we are now in a position to say that we are starting the actual build!

The infrastructure behind this project is massive, which is why it has taken many people, many years, to get to where we are today. It covers everything before, during, and after the aircraft is built, and many of these areas will be seen publicly as the project progresses. However, we can mention what the public side of the infrastructure is. This will obviously grow as the project does, but to start with, details of our exciting new Imperial Airways collections, exhibitions, supporter's club and website follows to the right. Just click on an image to get more information. book first etc resentation of 'Croydon Airport's Booking Hall', a radio room, and an Argosy and HP42 passenger cabin interiors largest

Please check back here, and also keep your eyes on the press for updates on this very exciting aircraft.