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DH89A RAPIDE....... (for Mickey)

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This one is for Mickel, for his wonderful gifts he posted and sent to me, thank you my friend :-)

I post an aircraft as I know its what you know me for lol

Right, this was taken at last years Flying Legends, giving folks rides (if you pay for it of course!) One year maybe!
She was built in 1944, so a war baby, and more than likely flew in RAF colours at the start of her life..

On 17 April 1934, the prototype aircraft first flew at Hatfield. 205 examples were built for airlines and other owners all around the world before the outbreak of World War II. Originally designated the 'Dragon Six' it was first marketed as 'Dragon Rapide', although later it was popularly referred to as the 'Rapide'. From 1936, with the fitting of improved trailing edge flaps, they were redesignated DH.89As..

One famous incident was in July 1936 when two British MI6 intelligence agents, Cecil Bebb and Major Hugh Pollard, flew Francisco Franco in Dragon Rapide G-ACYR from the Canary Islands to Spanish Morocco, at the start of the military rebellion which began the Spanish Civil War. It is on display in the Museo del Aire, Madrid..

At the start of World War II, many (Dragon) Rapides were impressed by the British armed forces and served under the name de Havilland Dominie. They were used for passenger and communications duties. Over 500 further examples were built specifically for military purposes, powered by improved Gipsy Queen engines, to bring total production to 731. The Dominies were mainly used by the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy for radio and navigation training. Postwar they were used as communications aircraft by Royal Naval air station flights..

Also these aircraft flew in U.S.A.F colours, in fact there is one at Dayton!!!

January 16, 2013
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Jan 16, 2013 11:56:57 am
Rob, this is a really wonderful capture and a very cool dedication for Mickey. I can't think of anyone more deserving of such a tribute

by magnus073 Homepage »

Jan 16, 2013 12:04:47 pm
I always expect these to be red....must be the Airfix link, my first introduction to this particular beauty.Masterful shot, and great dedi

"One year maybe!" :-)

by neiwil Homepage »

Jan 16, 2013 12:26:15 pm
This is awesome Rob!!!!!

by Autumn_Rains Online Now!   Homepage »

Jan 16, 2013 1:05:39 pm
A lovely old bi-plane Rob.

by jayfar Homepage »

Jan 16, 2013 1:29:36 pm
I always thought the Dragon Rapide and the Beech 17 Staggerwing were the two coolest bipes of the 1930s. Lovely pic, Rob.

by Buffalo1 Homepage »

Jan 16, 2013 3:17:55 pm
I have never seen this plane before.
A very cool/odd different aircraft.
Thanks for the post Rob!

by bebopdlx Homepage »

Jan 16, 2013 5:58:24 pm
Top notch clarity and color in this skyward shot of a classy biplane on the very cusp of being a monoplane, Rob, plus highly detailed information on its history below.

by goodoleboy Homepage »

Jan 16, 2013 6:17:15 pm
fantastic pic

by flavia49 Homepage »

Jan 16, 2013 8:20:55 pm
I am of the belief that they should bring some of these aircraft back - with the new technologies in construction and other areas....

by Faemike55 Homepage »

Jan 17, 2013 2:55:27 am
Luvly!!! a cracker photo Rob.. realy is.. gee it looks great in that dark blue with the white cheat lines!

by tigertim Homepage »

Jan 17, 2013 6:18:35 am
Wonderful capture on this pretty plane.

by dakotabluemoon Homepage »

Jan 17, 2013 8:41:10 am
One of the most beautiful looking aircraft ever designed in my mind.
Of course the 'Art Deco' influence is there for all to see.

Wonderful image mate and I have a model of this when you are up and running :)

by Maxidyne Homepage »

Jan 17, 2013 9:21:04 am
Ah ha. So where was this in Dayton? Was it suspended from the ceiling? You did well with the ceiling, not so well (fuzzy, grainy, etc.).

All that aside, you've got a fine shot of it here mate...way to go.

by bmac62 Homepage »

Jan 17, 2013 10:43:48 pm
A really sweet looking airplane, Rob! You got a super shot of it my friend!

I went to an air show a few years back where you could get a ride in a P 51 Mustang - if you had about $400 burning a hole in your pocket! Still, I was tempted...

by RodS Homepage »

Jan 20, 2013 4:46:02 am
Gee, someone is having a great time up there... Its an amazing aircraft!

by Briney Homepage »

Jan 23, 2013 11:44:15 am
What a shot!!!

by lunchlady Homepage »


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