G-AHDW Handley Page HP.70 Halton 1
In the immediate post WW II period the newly
formed national airlines found themselves in dire need
range aircraft which were simply not available. As a result,
ex-bombers, such as the Avro
and Handley Page Halifax were converted for civilian use.
Although some 90 or so H.P.
Halifaxes would eventually be civilianized, the first 10 (for BOAC)
were converted by Short Brothers
Harland Ltd at Belfast. G-AHDW was one of these, hence its dual
c/n. Ten passengers were
in fairly comfortable, if noisy accommodations. The ex-bombers
were not on the asset register
long, as Constellations, DC-4s and the like became available, and the
above machine was scrapped