DH.89 Dragon Rapide

DH.89 Dragon Rapide

Essentially an improved DH.84 Dragon, but having many of the characteristic features of the DH.86, and using the 200hp Gipsy Six engine, the DH.89 Dragon Rapide (originally called the Dragon Six) was first flown from Hatfield Aerodrome by Hubert Broad on 17 April 1934 and was widely adopted before the war for airline work and became the mainstay of charter companies world-wide. Production continued during the war for military use as the Dominie and hundreds of surplus aircraft were sold into the civil market. The remaining examples of the type are currently prized as private touring aircraft or in use as commercial joyriders in several parts of the world.