De Havilland Dragon Rapide Aircraft



Dominie, USAAF. Copyright: Arvo Vercamer

Production Details

Design Company:

The de Havilland Aircraft Co. Ltd, Hatfield Aerodrome, Herts

First Flight:

17 April 1934

D.H.89 Dragon Rapide:

206 - The de Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd

Dominie:

186 - The de Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd 336 - Brush Coachworks Ltd

Type Specification

Applies to:

D.H.89A Dragon Rapide

Type:

Twin engined passenger or freight carrier

Wing:

Equal span braced biplane. Tapered wings are of wooden structure covered in fabric. Ailerons on all four wings

Fuselage:

Fuselage of wooden construction with fabric covering fills interplane gap

Tail Unit:

Braced monoplane type. Single fina and rudder. Tail unit of fabric covered wooden construction

Landing Gear:

Fixed divided type. Main wheels located under engines with tail wheel

Power Plant:

Two 200 hp de Havilland Gipsy-six air cooled in line engines mounted in front of lower wings

Accommodation:

Pilot in enclosed cockpit in nose with enclosed cabin behind

Dimensions

Span:

48 ft

Length:

34 ft 6 in

Height:

10 ft 3 in

Wing Area:

336 sq ft

Weights

Empty:

3,230 lb

Max:

5,550 lb

Performance

Max Speed:

157 mph

Rate of Climb:

867 ft/min

Ceiling:

16,700 ft

Range:

556 miles

Preserved in British Museums

Dragon Rapide:

G-ADAH - Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester - Display G-AGJG - Private Owner, Duxford - Airworthy G-AGSH - Bournemouth Aviation Museum, Bournemouth Airport - Airworthy G-AKDW - De Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre, London Colney - Restoration G-ALXT - Science Museum Air Transport Collection, Wroughton Airfield - Display HG691 - Private Owner, Duxford - Airworthy

Web Sites

http://www.aviation-museum.co.uk/rapide.html http://www.chris.wagstaff.btinternet.co.uk