De Havilland 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. Maximum speed of 210 mph and range of 720 miles.

Click to enlarge (photos by Eric Coates

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 DH104 Dove Srs 1 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