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Great Britain's de Havilland DH.89 Rapide transport and Dominie trainer

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  • De Havilland Rapide
  • De Havilland Rapide
  • De Havilland DH 89B Dominie
  • De Havilland DH 89B Dominie
  • De Havilland Dominie C Mk I
  • De Havilland Dominie C Mk II
  • De Havilland Dominie Mk II
  • De Havilland Dominie

Design

The de Havilland DH.89 Dominie was based on the Dragon Rapide civilian transport.1,2

The Dominie was made with a wood frame and a fabric cover.2

Radio Trainer

The radio trainer had a direction finding loop on top of the fuselage.1

Prototype

The DH.89 was first flown on April 17, 1934.1 The Dominie was evaluated as an reconnaissance plane at first, but the Avro Anson was chosen.2

Production

Manufacturing started at de Havilland in Hatfield and was moved to Brush Coachworks in 1942 to make space for Mosquito construction.1 Construction went until July 1946.1

  • DH.89B: 4691, 5212
  • Total: 7301
    • Manufacturer: de Havilland Aircraft Co. Ltd.1,2

Variants

  • DH.89A, Rapide: Passenger and freight carrier.4
  • DH.89A, Dominie Mk I2: Trainer.2 Introduced in 1936.1 Had flaps.1 Added a light in the nose.1
  • DH.89B: Trainer.4 Four to five students.4
  • DH.89B, Dominie Mk II2: Liaison.2 Deliveries started in September 1939.1
  • DH.89M: Armed version that tried for a RAF Coastal Command contract that was won by Avro Anson.1

Usage

The users of the DH.89 Dominie were Australia, Britain, New Zealand, South Africa, and Spain.1

Specifications

  de Havilland DH.89A Rapide
Type Passenger4, Freight4
Crew  
Engine (Type) 2: D.H. Gipsy Six4
Cylinders In-Line4
Cooling Air4
HP 200 each4
Dimensions  
Span 48'4
14.63 m4
Length 34' 6"4
10.52 m4
Height 10' 3"4
3.3 m4
Wing area 336 sq ft4
31.2 sq m4
Weight  
Empty 3,230 lb4
1,466 kg4
Loaded 5,550 lb4
2,520 kg4
Performance  
Speed at Sea Level 157 mph4
253 kph4
Cruising Speed 132 mph4
212.5 kph4
Climb at Sea Level 867' per minute4
265 m per minute4
Climb to 5,000' /
1,525 m
6.75 minutes4
Service Ceiling 16,700'4
5,100 m4
Range 556 miles4
895 km4
  de Havilland DH.89B Dominie
Type Navigation trainer4, Radio trainer4
Students 4 - 54
Engine (Type) 2: de Havilland Gipsy Queen 31
Cylinders Inline 61
HP 200 each1
Propeller blades 2 each1
Dimensions  
Span 48'1
14.63 m1
Length 34' 6"1
10.51 m1
Height 10' 3"1
3.12 m1
Weight  
Loaded 5,850 lb4
2,656 kg4
Performance  
Speed 157 mph1
253 kph1
Cruising speed 132 mph1
212 kph1
Climb 867'/minute1
264 m/minute1
Service ceiling 16,700'1
5,090 m1
Range 570 miles1
917 km1
  de Havilland DH.89B Dominie Mk I
Type Radio / navigator trainer1, Trainer2
Crew 5 - 61,2
Engine (Type) 2: de Havilland Gipsy Six2
Cylinders Inline 62
Cooling Liquid2
HP 200 each2
Dimensions  
Span 48'2
Length 34' 6"2
Height 10' 3"2
Weight  
Empty 3,230 lb1
1,465 kg1
Loaded 5,500 lb1,2
2,495 kg1
Performance  
Speed 157 mph2
Service ceiling 16,700'2
Range 580 miles2
  de Havilland DH.89B Dominie Mk II
de Havilland DH.89B Dominie
Type Communications aircraft1, Navigation trainer3
Crew 91, 1 instructor and 4-5 students3
Engine (Type) 2: De Havilland Gypsy3
Cylinders Inline3
Cooling Air3
HP 200 each3
Dimensions  
Span 48'3
Length 34' 6"3
Height 10' 3"3
Weight  
Loaded 5,850 lb3
Performance  
Speed 155 mph3
Range 550 miles3

Sources:

  1. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
  2. World War II Airplanes Volume 1, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
  3. Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook, Ensign L. C. Guthman, 1943
  4. Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War II, 1989
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