DH.86

DH.86

The DH.86, known in some quarters as the Express, was the biggest de Havilland aeroplane to make her maiden flight from Stag Lane Aerodrome when she was lifted off by Hubert Broad on 14 January 1934. Powered by four Gipsy Six engines the ten-seat aircraft was built to an Australian Government specification to suit the England to Australia route shared with Imperial Airways, with handover in either direction at Singapore. The type also found favour with a number of British domestic airlines in addition to those in New Zealand, Australia, Egypt and Turkey. Few aircraft were recovered following wartime impressment and no examples of the type are known to survive.