Cathay Pacific DC3 "Betsy" at Kai Tak
Today’s addition to the fleet: Cathay Pacific’s first ever aeroplane, a Douglas DC-3 called Betsy, which was delivered in 1946, registration VR-HDB. A 1:200 die-cast model by Hobby Master which came with a stand and two sets of undercarriage so that she can be displayed with the wheels either up or down. Although Betsy could carry up to 32 passengers at around 200mph up to 20,000 feet, the wingspan of this model is less than six inches. Photographed against an old image of Kai Tak airport in Hong Kong, where Betsy now resides in the Science Museum, suspended from the ceiling.
I love the classic design of pre-jet aircraft from the 40s and 50s, and I love Hong Kong; we lived there when my father flew for Cathay Pacific before the Chinese handover in 1997.
David Valencia, Bristol
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