I-DALR  Avro 691 Lancastrian                  (c/n  1299)


                                       Here's a rare photograph, acquired from Alitalia, of one of  five Lancastrians operated by the
                                       airline on their flights to South America.  The routing of Milan-Rome-Dakar-Natal-Rio de
                                       Janeiro-Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires took 36 hours.  I can assure you that anyone travelling
                                       the entire length of this route would have been stone deaf  by the time they disembarked.
                                       Mercifully these stop gap airliners were replaced in 1950 by DC-4s.