Largest Private Plane is Flying Yacht (Jan, 1933)

Der plane! Der plane!

Largest Private Plane is Flying Yacht
• THE huge machine illustrated here appears to rival some of the air liners that have figured in trans-ocean flights. It is, however, the property of a wealthy British sportsman. Its cabins are luxuriously furnished as living quarters for protracted trips; the upholstered seats and berths folding to make living and sleeping quarters alternately commodious. Its size and power may be imagined from this view of its exterior.

4 comments
  1. daniel says: October 31, 20072:51 pm

    Was the wealthy British sportsman a Nazi?

  2. Brandon Thomas says: December 17, 20086:02 am

    Indeed. The swastika may give that away. Did he buy it afer the wars or made it during ?

  3. Tom says: December 17, 200811:01 am

    Many are not aware that the swastika was used all over the world by people as varied as Native Americans to Hindus to Buddhists before being adopted by the Nazis as their symbol.

    In fact a Wikipedia article, http://en.wikipedia.org…, mentions that the swastika was generally used as a sign of good luck by aviators.

    You can still see them in many places, as they were used as a symbol of prosperity.

    These days, of course, we would probably not consider incorporating it as decoration or using it in any other way than to refer to the Nazis. But I think that 1933, while it is after the Nazi adoption, is still early enough to keep us from concluding the “British sportsman” was a Nazi without more information.

    Even if he was an admirer of the Nazis, they really didn’t really consolidate their power until February of 1933, and were probably not seen as a threat at the time the article was written. Therefore, I think his use of the symbol would still be innocent in this case.

    TomB

  4. Tom says: December 17, 200811:20 am

    More info…

    From another Wikipedia article, http://en.wikipedia.org… :
    The plane is a “Supermarine Flying Yacht,” built for Hon. A. E Guinness. However, at the time this picture was taken, it had been sold to a Mrs. J.J. James, because she is the one who renamed it to “Windward II”.

    Also mentioned, in January of 1933, it was damaged near Capri, sent back to the manufacturer and eventually scrapped.

    More info in the links in the article.

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