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Sharjah: Air Outpost (1937) - SpeakingFrog

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This fascinating early documentary by Paul Rotha and narrated by Stuart Legg describes an Imperial Airways flight landing inSharjah, in today’s United Arab Emirates, in 1937. The plane is a Handley Page HP42 biplane.

Although Dubai (home of Emirates Airlines) and Abu Dhabi (home of Etihad) are more famous today, Sharjah was one of the first airports in the region and had an RAF presence for many years. The airport was a stop-over between Basra in Iraq and Karachi in Pakistan for planes flying from the UK to India and Australia. At the time of this movie, it took four days just to get from London to Sharjah, since planes were much slower and did not fly at night.

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