Taylor Empire Airways is the personal blog of Chris Taylor, and began operations as Taylor & Company, a mobile phone blog (or moblog) hosted by TextAmerica in the winter of 2004. Over time, as the content evolved toward longer entries and fewer camera phone pictures, it made sense to migrate to a newer platform. From September 2006 through June 2009 the site was hosted at TypePad, and focused primarily on current affairs and defence issues in particular.
Now the site is focused more closely on aviation (both civil and military), since Chris is a man who dreams of seaplanes and square-rigged sailing ships—but is most often found piloting a desk. He is still quite interested in the welfare of his brothers and sisters in uniform, but the argy-bargy of domestic politics gets less compelling and rewarding the older he gets.
The site’s imagery is an homage to Britain’s Imperial Airways (later BOAC, now British Airways) and its regional partners, Qantas Empire Airways in Australia and Tasman Empire Airways in New Zealand. The author has tried to craft his own vision of what a notional Canadian partner airline might have looked like.
In Golden Age of Aviation (1919-1939), air mail and the first long-distance airline routes were being pioneered. Airliner service was less technically advanced (and certainly far less safe) but more more attention was paid to passenger comfort. As the aircraft were not pressurised, they were limited to much lower altitudes. Pilots would make an effort to pass nearby landmarks for the entertainment of the passengers. Meals were prepared aboard by the steward. The cabins were spacious and well-appointed, like a Pullman car. At night the aircraft would put down at a designated night stop, where passengers and crew alike would dine and rest at a hotel. Interestingly, both passengers and crew tended to regard these flights as something of an adventure. It was a far cry from the mundane, no-frills approach of today’s air travel.
We hope to remind you of aviation’s former magic and adventure here.