The de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide was a 1930s short-haul biplane airliner developed and produced by British aircraft company de Havilland. Capable of accommodating 6–8 passengers, it proved an economical and durable craft, despite its relatively primitive plywood construction. Source = Wikipedia This fantastic short video was taken at Duxford on Tuesday 4th June 2019. This aircraft was part of the D-Day 75 flypast. The Photographer is Geoff Plumridge. Geoff also flew in this aircraft around Snowdon in Wales in 1989.
The DH89A Dragon Rapide is an all-wood, twin-engine biplane passenger aircraft. The first flight of the prototype was from Hatfield by Hubert Broad on 17th April 1934. The first operator was Hillman Airways from Maylands Airport at Romford, their first aircraft G-ACPM making its debut at Hatfield on 13 July 1934 when Hubert Broad averaged 158 mph in the King’s Cup Air Race, before having to retire due to hail damage.
The Dragon Rapide was developed as a short-range airliner carrying up to eight passengers and capable of making a profit for the operator without subsidy. During the ten years it was in production, 728 were built for commercial and military use, the latter as the Dominie.
By 1942 production at Hatfield had reached a total of 346 Dragon Rapides and Dominies, but space was urgently needed for Mosquito production, so Dominie assembly was taken over by the Brush Coachworks at Loughborough, where a further 346 were built between 1943 and 1945.