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!!!
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