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Air India: The iconic maharajah returns home

The story of Air India began at a tiny airfield in Karachi in undivided India on a balmy morning in October 1932 when JRD Tata, the 28-year-old scion of a well-known business family, took off for Bombay in a single-engine plane. The Puss Moth – one of the two that Tata purchased from England – was beginning a modest weekly mail service. The plane cruised at 100mph (160km/h), battling headwinds in what was a "bumpy and hot flight". A bird flew into the cabin and had to be killed. After a refuelling stop – a bullock cart ferried fuel […]

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