De Havilland DH104 Dove

Produced after World War Two as a replacement for the Dragon Rapide.

The standard version was a 8-11 seater with DH Gipsy Queen 70 engines of either 340 or 380 hp. EAAC had four of these briefly but they were not economic and quickly sold.

  • Max speed 210 mph
  • Range of 720 miles
Click to enlarge (photos by Eric Coates)




Vital Statistics

Registration Aircraft c/n Acquired Disposal Remarks
VP-KDE DH104 Dove Srs 1 04117 1948 1951 "Masai" later "Chagga". Sold 1951 as G-AMFU. Converted Srs6. Sold 1969 as OO-SCD. Nose section preserved at Aviodrome, Lelystad, Netherlands
VP-KDF DH104 Dove Srs 1 04118 1948 1951 "Buganda" later "Kikuyu". Sold 1951 to Gulf Aviation as G-AMJZ. Cancelled 1962
VP-KDG DH104 Dove Srs 1 04119 1948 1951 "Chagga" later "Wakamba". Sold June 1951 to Mandated Air Lines as VH-MAB. Later VH-AWF, converted Srs5, VH-RAJ, VH-TLU, VH-RCI and VH-CTS. W/O heavy landing at Geelong, Vic. 17/11/68
VP-KEJ DH89-Dragon Rapide 04120 1948 1951 "Swahili" later "Masai". Sold 6/51 to Mandated Air Lines as VH-MAL. Later VH-AWE, VH-GVE and VH-DSM. Now preserved in Queensland Air Museum at Caloundra, Australia as VH-MAL