Oxford Diecast 72DR007 – 1/72 Scale DH.89A Dragon Rapide Diecast Model
History of Flight Series
|Length||14.6 cm||5.74 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||20.3 cm||8.00 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic component
- Display stand included.
1/72 Scale de Haviland DH.89A Dragon Rapide, RAF – Oxford Diecast 72DR007
de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide
The de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide is a British six to eight-seat, twin-engined, short-haul biplane airliner, a scaled-down version of the four-engined DH 86 Express. Design to replace the DH 84 Dragon, it first flew in April 1934 and entered service in July 1934 with Hillmans Airways Ltd. During the Spanish Civil War, three armed DH 89Ms saw combat with the Nationalist. With the outbreak of World War II Rapides were impressed into military service for use in radio and navigation training. The British Air Ministry also ordered new airframes, designated as the Dominie and powered with the Gipsy Queen engine, a military versi0n of the Gipsy Six. The RAF withdrew its last Dominies from service in 1955 and the Royal Navy in the early 60s. Post-war, many surplus military aircraft went into commercial service. Production ended in 1946 with 727 airframes built.
Airframe construction is of wood with fabric covering. It used the tapered wings and streamlined undercarriage of the DH 86. The fixed undercarriage is a tailwheel type with the main units mounted to the engine nacelles.
Powered by two de Havilland Gipsy Sixes, a six-cylinder air-cooled inverted inline engine mounted on the lower wings. Driving two-bladed propellers, giving the Rapide a maximum speed of 252 km/h (157 mph), a cruise speed of 212 (132 mph), a range of 920 km (573 mi) and a service ceiling of 5,090 m (16,700 ft).
Women of the Empire
Rapide s/n Z7258, (ex G-AFMH) named “Women of the Empire” along with Z7261 (ex G-AFMJ) “Women of Britain” were presented to No. 24 Squadron RAF in July 1940 by the “Silver Thimble Fund”. The Silver Thimble Fund, founded in 1915, collected damaged thimbles and other items of precious metal to raise money for medical equipment.