7th April 1938:  Imperial Airways flying boat 'Centaurus' at Hythe Hampshire with its five man crew. The plane will fly to Egypt, Iraq and Singapore bringing India to within 2 1/2 days air-travel from Britain. L to r Flt Clerk R Doel, First Officer A Richardson, Captain J Sheppard, Wireless Operator L F Mitchell and steward E W Rowcliffe.  (Photo by H. F. Davis/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)