Handley-Page Hermes 4

The Hermes was one of the British airliners designed in the latter part of the war. By the time it was in production it was already out of date, compared to the US airliners like the DC-4 and Boeing Stratocruiser. BOAC placed an order for the type but it was soon replaced by American airliner types. It continued into the early 1960s with British charter airlines like Silver City, Air Links, Britavia and Air Safaris.

Type: Four engined transport
Wing: Low wing cantilever monoplane of metal construction. Wing tapers to the tip and has dihedral
Fuselage: All metal circular section fuselage
Tail Unit: Cantilever monoplane tail attached to fuselage with single fin and rudder
Landing Gear: Tricycle type, Twin wheel main gear retract forwards into inboard engine nacelles. Twin wheeled nose gear retracts rearwards into fuselage
Power Plant: Four 2,100 hp Bristol Hercules 763 engines in nacelles on wing
Accommodation: Crew of seven with 40 to 82 passengers in cabin
Span: 113 ft
Length: 96 ft 10 in
Height: 29 ft 11 in
Wing Area: 1,408 sq ft
Tare: 55,350 lb
All-up: 86,000 lb
Max Speed: 350 mph
Initial Climb:1,030 ft/min
Ceiling: 24,500 ft
Range: 2,000 miles