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pchapman

What is this plane? #34

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Even for this shot from 1934 I had to remove the registration, otherwise a Google search would find it.

It's an excuse to post a photo of a classic "drag off" jump.

(Scanned from a photocopy of a French parachuting book by Borge and Viasnoff, 1977.)

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How about a hard one for a change? Handley Page W.9 built about 1925-26.



Nope.
But you are on the right track - certainly the right company. As for the exact model, that gets messy because they had a bunch of very similar looking planes.

Identifying weird planes is an old idea in aviation magazines, but it is tougher to find ones with inflight pics of people jumping out.

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Might as well finish this thread off.
Tri160 was pretty close.

The airplane is apparently a Handley Page HP 33 "Clive". It all looks a bit messy as there were similar HP 33's, 35's, 36's, with bomber versions and troop transport versions.

Anyway, one of the military transports ended up civilian registered, sold to Alan Cobham's travelling aerial circus. That's the plane in the photo. So unlike most photos of drag-offs from similar planes, that could well be a civilian jumper.

(As for the later photo of a sheep in a parachute, it is unrelated, and was from the Italian military resupplying their troops with fresh meat by air in Ethiopia.)

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