De Havilland DH89 Dragon Rapide

First built in 1934. This biplane was Britain's first successful pre-war short-haul airliner.

About 700 were produced, mainly during WW2 when, as Dominies, they served with the RAF as wireless training and communications aircraft. A large number of ex-military Dominies were sold after the war to private owners, including EAAC who operated 14 different aircraft. The last one to enter service as late as 1955 (VP-KNS). They lasted until the 1960s. A few preserved examples are still airworthy around the world and take passengers on pleasure flights.

  • Max speed 157 mph
  • Range of 495 miles
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Vital Statistics

Registration Aircraft c/n Previous Acquired Disposal Remarks
VP-KCJ DH89-Dragon Rapide 6366 VP-KCJ 1946/1955 1948/1960 Ex-Wilson Airways. Sold 1948 Re-purchased 1955. Sold to Caspair 1960. W/O Entebbe 7/10/62
VP-KCT DH89-Dragon Rapide 6803 NR715, G-AGNH 1945 1949 Restored as G-AGNH 17/8/49 for Civil Air Attache, Baghdad. Then sold as VR-AAP
VP-KCU DH89-Dragon Rapide 6848 NR772, G-AGOX 1945 1946 W/O near Garsen 26/6/46
VP-KCV DH89-Dragon Rapide 6849 NR773, G-AGOW 1945 1956 Sold 1951 to Caspair. Restored as G-AGOW 1956. Cancelled 1957
VP-KCW DH89-Dragon Rapide 6875 NR799, G-AGOU 1945 1955 Sold to Sir Alexander Gibb & Partners 9/49. Sold 11/55 as VP-YNN
VP-KCX DH89-Dragon Rapide 6876 NR800, G-AGOT 1945 1948 Sold to Jivrais Air Services 18/10/48. Scrapped 1950
VP-KCY DH89-Dragon Rapide 6874 NR798, G-AGOV 1945/1953 1951/1960 Sold to Noon & Pearce Air Charters 8/51. Re-purchased 6/53. Sold 1960
VP-KEA DH89-Dragon Rapide 6890 NR814, PH-RAA 1947 1954 W/O 23/1/54
VP-KEB DH89-Dragon Rapide 6891 NR815, PH-RAB 1947 1951 W/O after landing accident at Kasese 15/10/51
VP-KEC DH89-Dragon Rapide 6893 NR829, PH-RAC 1947 1950 W/O after accident at Mafia 12/5/50
VP-KED DH89-Dragon Rapide 6895 NR831, PH-RAD 1947 1951 Sold to Arkia, Israel 1951 as 4X-AEH.W/o 2/07/54 Tel Aviv.
VP-KEE DH89-Dragon Rapide 6896 X7323, G-AJFM 1947 1951 Sold to Israel 1951 as 4X-AEI. Then to UK as G-ADYL in 1955. Scrapped at Luton 1964?
VP-KEF DH89-Dragon Rapide 6831 NR743, PH-RAF 1947 1960 Transferred to SKAT 1960. later 5H-AAN
VP-KNS DH89-Dragon Rapide 6492 R5964,G-AKOS 1955 1960 Transferred to SKAT 1960. later 5H-AAM

Aircraft registered in Tanzania after 1963

Registration Aircraft c/n Previous Acquired Disposal Remarks
5H-AAM DH89-Dragon Rapide 6492 see VP-KNS 1955 1966 Registered to SKAT. Burnt out at Dar-es-Salaam 13/9/66
5H-AAN DH89-Dragon Rapide 6831 see VP-KEF 1947 1967 Registered to SKAT. Sold to A.D. Aviation, Nairobi, 1967.