Miles M.4A Merlin
A not very good, but nevertheless rare,
shot of half the production of Miles Merlins. Yes, that's
right, only four were built., two of which went to India (the one
nearest the camera is VT-AHC)
and one to
Australia (VH-UXN). Odd
that VT-AHC has a different cabin window layout. Both
were operated by Tata Sons on mail and passenger routes from Bombay to
Bellary and Madras.
Yes, I know these cities have been
renamed by now, but it would be historically incorrect to state
that Tata Sons served Mumbai and Chennai (as some historians - Indian,
of course - insist).
Incidentally, since the "V" of "VT-"
has definite colonial connotations, I wonder why India didn't
insist on changing it to 8T- or something, when number-letter regos