Category:Atalanta (Armstrong Whitworth)

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The Armstrong Whitworth Atalanta.

1934 description:

The latest Armstrong Whitworth liner, the "Atalanta", has accommodation for only 17 passengers, but the appointments in the cabin are more luxurious than are those in the earlier type. A special feature is that every passenger is able to control the condition of the air in his immediate vicinity, fresh air being led from an orifice in the nose of the machine to outlets over each passenger's seat. The amount of air coming through these outlets can be regulated by the individual passenger, who is able also to arrange for it to be heated if he desires. The stale air is sucked away through a port at the rear of the cabin. The big glass windows of the cabin are arranged so that in the event of an accident they could easily be knocked out, and in addition there are two emergency exits.

The "Atalanta" is a high-wing monoplane with a wing span of 90 feet and a length of 71 feet 6 inches. It is the first and only monoplane of such size to be used by Imperial Airways, and has four 340 h.p. Armstrong Siddeley "Serval" radial air-cooled engines. These give the machine a maximum speed of 156 mph. and a cruising speed of 125 m.p.h., the normal range being 400 miles.

The latest version of the Atalanta' provides seating accommodation for 20 passengers in addition to a full load of freight and mail. Four Armstrong Siddeley 'Jaguar" engines, each developing 400 h.p., are substituted for the "Servals,"' and the machine has a maximum speed of 165 mph. and is able to cruise for 400 miles at a speed of 135 m.p.h.

Imperial Airways possess six machines of the "Atalanta" type, which they use on the South Africa and India and Eastern services. Two other "Atalanta"s are owned by Indian Trans-Continental Airways, an associated company of Imperial Airways.

— , -, , Meccano Magazine, , November 1934