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Take a Trip on a de Havilland Dragon Rapide

by Matt Falcus

I recently ticked another important aircraft off my ‘flown on’ list when I took a scenic flight aboard a de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide.

These vintage biplanes are a really important piece of the history of how we fly.

Developed in the 1930s as an airliner, they inevitably ended up with military operators around the world – especially during World War II – and found lots of other roles.

Of the 700+ built there are still a few flying, including those operated by Classic Wings.

My flight was on TX310 (really G-AIDL), which first flew in 1943. I’ve put together this video of the flight, which was from Duxford.


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1 comment

MERVYN CROWE August 23, 2019 - 3:18 am

Wow, a great ride indeed in the Rapide, we watched it operating out of Duxford in August last year, my wife actually encouraged me to go on it, but sorry to say I didnt !
My parents flew Belfast -Isle of Man in September 1947 on their honeymoon and were considered adventurers by their families..
Might still get a ride in, next time we are in the UK


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