Douglas M-4: Vol de Nuit.

Douglas M-4: Vol de Nuit.

The Douglas Mailplanes were derivates of the successful O-2 military plane,of them the 1926 M-4 was the strengthened last model.Initially intended to be operated by the Post Office Dept itself to replace the venerable DH-4s the policy changed and they’re put up for auction and operated by commercial carriers.
Still image that captured the magic of the highly recommendable “Night Flight”, a 1933 movie based on the homonymous book of Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

Westland Widgeon III: Close Encounter.

Westland Widgeon III: Close Encounter.

After Westland realized that the Air Ministry 1924 ideas of light powered aircraft were a failure,the company decided to equip its promising Widgeon with more substantial muscle.The result was a very decent but expensive aircraft incapable to compete with the Moths,Avians,etc.Just 26 were built.
Charming pic of pilot Les Trist and friends with VH-UGI, a Cirrus engined III model in 1930.This Widgeon was used in the gold rush that took place in Papua New-Guinea before WW2.
VH-UGI is still with us,but Trist had less luck …he died the next year.