Hello, first, I am pleased to tell you that Jane from Canada won the A380 Christmas Competition cover, and I gave a runner up prize to Chandra from India. Thanks for entering and I hope the research was interesting.

This picture I thought might interest aviation buffs.. I like it.

Heracles was the most famous of the Greek mythological heroes.
Like most authentic heroes, Heracles had a god as one of his parents, being the son of Zeus and a mortal woman named Alcmene. Zeus’s wife Hera was jealous of Heracles, and when he was still an infant she sent two snakes to kill him in his crib. well you would I guess !! Heracles was found prattling delighted baby talk, a strangled serpent in each hand. Now why you would name an aircraft Heracles I do not know. Something I missed? You tell me.
Maybe something to do with his extraordinary strength, courage ingenuity, and sexual prowess with both males and females as these were supposedly amongst his characteristic attributes. Sound like something you might associate with the aviation industry!!!!!!! 🙂
This aircraft, actual referred to as the H.P. 42 “Heracles” class of aircraft was the world’s first practical four engine aircraft and for a decade made an outstanding contribution to commercial aviation.

Two types of H.P. 42 were constructed, four of them the 42 E or Eastern Class usually known by the name of the flagship “Hannibal” and four of them 42W or Western Class known normally as “Heracles”. Externally all aircraft were virtually identical but the Western Class which operated mainly in Europe and on part of the India service carried 38 passengers whereas the Eastern Class operating from Alexandria to Karachi and Lake Victoria carried only 24 but had provision for a large quantity of mail.

In service the H.P. 42’s proved completely successful and were probably more popular with their passengers than any aircraft in the world. Never a fast aircraft, the H.P. 42 was said to have a built in headwind, it was exceptionally comfortable and was the only aircraft at the time capable of offering a full catering service, with four or seven course meals and drinks served from a trolley. The cabin was quiet, and as it was slung beneath the wings all the occupants had good visibility; the low fuselage also meant that high steps were not required for entry.
I have not seen this aircraft on a stamp. Anyone help me out here?
Hope you enjoyed this.. Oh… and where did the picture come from? Any ideas.. there is a clue in the picture if you look carefully … 🙂

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