Closely watched planes 2

More that I remember seeing in the 1940s and early 1950s. All the pictures are linked to more information.


De Havilland Dragon

“British production of the DH.84 ended at the 115th aircraft… However, during World War II the DH.84 was put back into production at Bankstown, Australia as a navigational trainer for the RAAF, being preferred to the Rapide because its smaller engines were then being manufactured locally for De Havilland Tiger Moth production. A further 87 were built. Following the end of the War, surviving DH.84s were released into commercial service and a number are still flying today.”


Dragon Rapide


DH86, a four-engined variant

There were several crashes of this one in Australia, one being in Queensland in 1942.


De Havilland Drover

“The Drover was designed and built in the late 1940’s by De Havilland at Bankstown, NSW. Only 20 of this type were built with the first having its maiden flight in 1948. Operators of this type were Qantas and TAA as passenger and cargo aircraft and the Department of Health however their most renowned role was with the Royal Flying Doctor Service, serving as an air ambulance well into the1960’s.”

RAAF aircraft of World War Two  is a very useful source.