G-ALDS  Handley Page HP.71 Hermes IV                           (c/n  HP.81/19)


                                 The Handley Page Hermes was a civilian development of the RAF's HP.67 Hastings, although
                                 the tricycle undercarriage gave it somewhat the appearance of a DC-4.  It was an interim, stop-
                                 gap type, operated in the 1950's while waiting for the turbo-prop Britannia.  G-ALDS was one
                                 of two dozen such machines operated by the Corporation, this one being named "Hesperides".
                                 It was purchased by Skyways Ltd in 1955 and broken up at Stanstead in 1959.