Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Winston Churchill's Life Pod
Dieselpunk, Winston Churchill's doctors prohibited him from flying over 8,000 feet. Since being Prime Minister necessarily meant speedy travel, Winston had a custom-built airplane with a pressurized "life pod" that maintained an internal pressure equivalent to 5,000 feet, and also allowed him to smoke a cigar. The pod is featured in this photo from a 1947 issue of Life magazine.