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Probably not, actually. Flying was glamorous before WW2, but after the war UK airlines relied on converted bombers and even the flying boats were probably still stripped out. I read somewhere that BOAC had to obtain Treasury approval for the dollars needed to buy the first Stratocruisers, as Britain had no proper long-range civil airliners of its own, the legacy of Britain agreeing to concentrate on warplanes during the war while the US forged ahead with its civil programme.

Aircraft like the DC4, DC6 and the Constellation were primarily used as military transports until the war ended. The Strat was actually the wings, engines and tail of a B29 Superfortress grafted onto an all-new fuselage.

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