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London to New York in 2 Days! (1919)

This September 21, 1919 piece in the Nevada State Journal (Reno, NV) was titled "Giant Air Cruisers To Link Cities of World, Predicts British Expert." The most interesting part of the article is by far the "Aerial Time Table." Just 7 days from London to Perth? Amazing!

The Daily Chronicle, which indulges in a bit of fanciful prophecy, publishes this airship table:

From London to:

  • New York: 2 to 2.5 days
  • San Francisco: 4.5 days
  • Cairo: 1.5 days
  • Perth, Australia: 7 days
  • Cape Town: 5.5 days
  • Rio de Janeiro: 4 days

"Airships would have saloons rivaling those of great steamships for comfort," says the Chronicle. "As lightness is essential, practically everything would be made of aluminum alloy, as strong as steel and one-third the weight."

 

September 21, 1919 Nevada State Journal

Previously on Paleo-Future:

Corner Grocermat (1959)

Corner Grocermat (1959)

Age Wars! The Coming Battle Between Young and Old (1986)