Sir Winston Churchill’s Flying Pod

During the Second World War, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill needed to be able to fly to various locations to meet with other Allied leaders in Russia, America and Africa. However, his doctors advised against his being exposed to low air pressures. This being before airplane cabins were pressurized, the medical advice presented a problem when the plane needed to climb above bad weather or enemy forces. The solution was a custom-built pressurized pod that included all the amenities a world leader would need, including an ashtray and air circulation system that would allow Churchill to enjoy an in-flight cigar. The PM flew in style, baby! I just hope he wasn’t claustrophobic…

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