1944 de Havilland D.H.89A Dragon Rapide

Served with the RAF from 1945 until 1947

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Make
De Havilland
Model
D.H.89A Dragon Rapide
Year
1944
Seller
Location
Duxford, United Kingdom
Condition
Pre-owned
Seller type
Broker
Total Time
6397 h
Engine Time
#1: 234 #2: 295 h
Undercarriage
Other
Seats
10
Flight Rules
VFR Day
Serial Number
6838
Registration
G-AKIF

Highlights

  • This aircraft, ‘G-AKIF’ was built in 1944 and served with the RAF from January 1945 until it’s military retirement in 1947. Today the aircraft is operated by a highly respected Vintage aircraft operator based at Duxford in the UK.

Exterior

  • Presented in dark blue with silver stripes

Interior

  • Presented in classic interior styling and configured for passenger transport

Specifications

Seat Configuration
1+8
Gross Weight
2495 Kg
Empty Weight
1465 Kg
Useful Load
1030 Kg
Cruise Speed
115 Kt
Range
483 Nm
Fuel Capacity
346 l

Engines

Engine #1
Manufacturer, Model
de Havilland, Gipsy Six 1A
Power
200
Fuel Type
Other
TSOH
234
Propeller
Fairey Reed, FR61186A/X9
Type
Fixed Pitch
Blades
2
Engine #2
Manufacturer, Model
de Havilland, Gipsy Six 1A
Power
200
Fuel Type
Other
TSOH
295
Propeller
Fairey Reed, FR61186A/X9
Type
Fixed Pitch
Blades
2

Avionics

COM
Trig, TY96
XPNDR
Trig, TT21

Additional Remarks

  • Built in late 1944, the aircraft was delivered in January 1945 to the Royal Air Force, Halton Station Flight as NR750 and was coded "THA-F".
  • Following retirement from military service in 1947, the aircraft was sold to 'A Hamson & Son’. Not long after, it was sold to Manx Air Charters Ltd (which later changed to Manx Airlines), on the Isle of Mann. From there it changed hands several times with various domestic airlines and operators.
  • The aircraft was operated in Norway between 1971 - 1973, before coming back to the UK where in 1974 it made a TV appearance in ‘South Riding’ (dressed in costume as G-ADAE)
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