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Greetings Bill lol
(and Folks)

Here it is lurking hi above us in the Hanger with the Presidents aircraft, the DE HAVILLAND DH 89 DOMINIE I saw! I think this shot scrubbed up well?
So just for you Bill, one for your album..

The Dominie was built in the United Kingdom as a military version of the DH 89 Dragon Rapide, an eight-passenger civilian light transport. The DH 89 was first flown in 1934, and by the time production ended about 10 years later, 728 of the small biplane transports had been built. More than 530 Dominies were produced for the Royal Air Force and used in communications, transport and training roles. Six were turned over to the USAAF's Eighth Air Force between 1942 and 1944. They were used primarily by the 27th Transport Group. As far as is known, all Dominies flown by Americans carried RAF serial numbers and no USAAF serial numbers were assigned..

The Dominie on display was built in 1944 and carried RAF serial number NR695. It was sold to the government of India in 1945, then sold again to a private concern in 1946. Eventually, it came to the United States where it was modified to the civilian Dragon Rapide passenger configuration seen here. It was obtained by the museum and flown here in November 1989. The aircraft will be modified and painted to represent one of the six Dominies flown by the USAAF during World War II..

Weight: 5,550 lbs. loaded
Armament: None
Engines: Two Gypsy Queen 3s of 200 hp each
Crew: One
Maximum speed: 157 mph
Cruising speed: 132 mph
Range: 578 miles
Service ceiling: 19,500 ft.

There you go! As I said these were even used by the USAF! When needs must...
A real; rarity, enjoy folks (and Bill)
January 22, 2013
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Jan 22, 2013 11:10:26 am
Very cool capture and dedication to Bill.

it would be interesting to see someone, using today's technology, ie carbon fiber and other cool tech, and build one of these old planes and make it airworthy

by Faemike55 Homepage »

Jan 22, 2013 11:12:55 am
What a fantastic looking capture Rob, this is one cool dedication.

by magnus073 Online Now!   Homepage »

Jan 22, 2013 11:25:38 am
What a great shot of the best looking 1930s bipe! (Along with the Staggerwing, of course.) This wasn't on display when I visited the President's hangar at the USAF Museum. Thanks!

by Buffalo1 Homepage »

Jan 22, 2013 12:20:53 pm
What a cool thing to have 'hanging around'! and in The Pres's hangar too.....well our American cousins recognised a good aircraft when they saw it, seems they also realised we had better serial numbers too LoL :-) Will have to try and get some good pics of the Rapide's at Duxford this year...

by neiwil Homepage »

Jan 22, 2013 1:10:18 pm
Great shot Rob, .. looks quite smart in OD/neautral grey!

by tigertim Homepage »

Jan 22, 2013 2:47:57 pm
This shot and plane is a beauty Rob and thanks for the info.

by jayfar Homepage »

Jan 22, 2013 5:32:41 pm
Marvelous clarity and tons of background geometry in this shot of the Dominie, mate, which looks all the world like a model airplane, with those ribs, spars and stringers showing through the skin.

by goodoleboy Homepage »

Jan 22, 2013 5:44:40 pm
Cool photo!

by bebopdlx Homepage »

Jan 22, 2013 10:34:02 pm
Thanks Rob. To be hanging in the Presidential hangar at Dayton there should be some tie to one of the wartime Presidents getting a lift in one...wouldn't think Roosevelt, but possibly Truman or maybe Eisenhower used one to hop around England to visit troops prior to D-Day or somesuch...(?)

Anyway, glad you saw this. I missed it completely and don't even have a blurry shot of it:)

by bmac62 Homepage »

Jan 23, 2013 4:41:09 am
Well never knew these were used by the USAAF.
They obviously knew a quality aircraft when they saw it.

Magnificent shot mate, the only thing i'm not sure about id the name 'DOMINIE'.
They could have come up with something better than that :)

BTW... the new avatar is fantastic!

by Maxidyne Homepage »

Jan 23, 2013 7:16:52 am
Nice capture here hon.

by dakotabluemoon Homepage »

Jan 23, 2013 11:15:46 am
fabulous image

by flavia49 Homepage »

Jan 23, 2013 11:49:04 am
Cool info and great capture!!!

by lunchlady Homepage »

Jan 23, 2013 3:42:32 pm
This plane was also featured in an interesting film version of Shakespeare's "Richard III" with Ian McKellan in the title role - in which they set the play in the 1930s...

by BardCoennius Homepage »

Jan 23, 2013 9:21:02 pm
Wow this is a really cool shot, Rob! And what a great dedication for Bill! I'll just bet he'd love to have this hanging from his ceiling.... Although I'm not sure how Tara would feel about that! LOL!

by RodS Homepage »

Jan 24, 2013 12:01:44 pm
Great capture of this beauty and fantastic background info Rob. I didn't see it in 2010 when I was there.

by junge1 Homepage »

Jan 24, 2013 3:34:04 pm
Thats a great shot of a unknown aircraft for me. I learn something new every day.

by knupps Homepage »

Jan 26, 2013 12:08:03 am
Amazing... to think that Spitfires and Mustangs were sharing the skies with THAT kind of bird? Has a certain 30's style about it though. I hadn't thought about the "dragon" as a military plane.

by Briney Homepage »


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