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Imperial Airways to Cape Town

 
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Starter

 
 
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Activities

 
Travel by Air

The year is 1937 and you work for Imperial Airways. The company has just taken delivery of a small fleet of Short Empire Flying Boats, with a range of 1200 km and an average speed of 300 km/h.

Your job is to design a route so that Imperial Airways can use their Short Empire Flying Boats to fly paying customers from Southampton, United Kingdom to Cape Town, South Africa.

You need to decide as a class the maximum safe distance for a flight leg, the time taken to refuel the flying boats and the earliest and latest the planes can fly. In 1937 planes did have radar so would not fly at night!

Use Google Earth, with it's measurement tool, to design your route. Each stop needs to be at a settlement with a significant population. Your route should be submitted as a single Google Earth file with the placemarks in the correct order.

You should produce a route card that includes the start and end point of each leg of the journey, the distance, the duration and the take off and landing times.

 
Short Empire Flying Boat
 

Google Earth Route

A single folder holding a labeled placemark for each flying plane landing site. The placemarks should be in the folder, in order and clearly labelled. The difference between refueling stops and overnight stops should be distinguished.

Route Card

A table including the start and end location of each leg of the journey, the distance, the flight duration and the take off and landing times.
 
Geographical Visualisation

Geographical Visualisation

Southampton and Cape Town Locations plus Colonial Africa Overlay
Google Earth Placemark
  Southampton and Cape Town Locations plus Colonial Africa Overlay
 
Geography Activities

Resources

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  Imperial Airways Airline Timetable Images
 
Geography Review

Review

 
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