Oxford Diecast 72DR010 – 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|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Display stand included.
1/72 Scale de Haviland DH.89A Dragon Rapide, G-AGTM – Oxford Diecast 72DR010
de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide
The de Havilland, DH.89 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. Production ended in 1946 with 727 airframes built. 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.
The de Havilland Dragon Rapide airframe’s construction was of wood with fabric covering. It used the tapered wings and streamlined undercarriage of the DH 86. The fixed undercarriage was a tailwheel type with the main units mounted under the engine nacelles.
Powered by two de Havilland Gipsy Sixes; a six-cylinder air-cooled inverted inline engine mounted on the lower wings. Driving a two-bladed propeller, these gave the Rapide a maximum speed of 252 km/h (157 mph)and a cruise speed of 212 (132 mph). With a range of 920 km (573 mi) and a service ceiling of 5,090 m (16,700 ft).