Handley Page HP 42 " Hadrian " - October 1936
There are no know images of Meher Baba for the whole of this journey from Bombay to London. This was his 9th visit to the West.
" HADRIAN "
" HADRIAN "
The plane was named after the Roman Emperor ( b.AD 76 ) ruled from AD.117 to 138 ).
He initiated plans to end distinctions between Rome & her provinces.
He visited Britain in AD.122, where he ordered the building of Hadrian's Wall.
This plane was one of 8, its construction number was 42 / 2 and its registration no. is G-AAUE
It's first flight was on 24th June 1931.
At the start of WW2, it was assigned to RAF Squadron 271 - 5/40 as AS 982 and was based in Odiham, England.
On the 6th December 1940, during a gale, it tore loose from its moorings at Doncater Airport, England and it cart-wheeled onto railway tracks, ending up inverted on the line.
The route that the plane took was from Karachi - Gwadar, Muscat, Oman - Sharjah, U.A.E. - Bahrein - Kuwait - Basra, Iraq - Baghdad, Iraq.
- Crew: 4
- Capacity: 24 passengers
- Length: 92 ft 2 in (28.09 m)
- Wingspan: 130 ft (39.62 m)
- Height: 27 ft (8.23 m)
- Wing area: 2,989 sq ft (278 m²)
- Airfoil: RAF 28
- Empty weight: 17,740 lb (8,047 kg)
- Loaded weight: 28,000 lb (12,700 kg)
- Powerplant: 4× Bristol Jupiter XIF radial engine, 490 hp (365 kW) each
- Maximum speed: 120 mph (195 km/h)
- Cruise speed: 95-105 mph (150-170 km/h)
- Range: 500 mi (805 km)
- Rate of climb: 790 ft/min , (4 m/s)
- ^ Jackson, A.J. British Civil Aircraft Since 1919, Volume 2, Second edition. London: Putnam & Company, 1973. ISBN 0-370-10010-7.