G-ABVB Westland Wessex
A not-very-good Westland copy of an oft
published shot. This Wessex was used by the Portsmouth,
Southsea and Isle of Wight Aviation
Company in the early 1930s for their ferry route between Pompey
and Ryde on the island. It was a somewhat modified machine in
that it had accommodation for eight
(versus the usual six for a Wessex) plus the pilot's cockpit had been
raised for better visibility.
Both Imperial Airways and SABENA
were airline operators of the Wessex. G-ABVB was written off
a crash at Ryde on 20 March 1936 in which the pilot was killed.