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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.

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

Radio Trainer

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

Prototype

The DH.89 was first flown on April 17, 1934. The Dominie was evaluated as an reconnaissance plane at first, but the Avro Anson was chosen.

Production

Manufacturing started at de Havilland in Hatfield and was moved to Brush Coachworks in 1942 to make space for Mosquito construction. Construction went until July 1946.

  • DH.89B: 469, 521
  • Total: 730
    • Manufacturer: de Havilland Aircraft Co. Ltd.

Variants

  • DH.89A, Rapide: Passenger and freight carrier.
  • DH.89A, Dominie Mk I: Trainer. Introduced in 1936. Had flaps. Added a light in the nose.
  • DH.89B: Trainer. Four to five students.
  • DH.89B, Dominie Mk II: Liaison. Deliveries started in September 1939.
  • DH.89M: Armed version that tried for a RAF Coastal Command contract that was won by Avro Anson.

Usage

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

Specifications

  de Havilland DH.89A Rapide
Type Passenger, Freight
Crew  
Engine (Type) 2: D.H. Gipsy Six
Cylinders In-Line
Cooling Air
HP 200 each
Dimensions  
Span 48'
14.63 m
Length 34' 6"
10.52 m
Height 10' 3"
3.3 m
Wing area 336 sq ft
31.2 sq m
Weight  
Empty 3,230 lb
1,466 kg
Loaded 5,550 lb
2,520 kg
Performance  
Speed at Sea Level 157 mph
253 kph
Cruising Speed 132 mph
212.5 kph
Climb at Sea Level 867' per minute
265 m per minute
Climb to 5,000' /
1,525 m
6.75 minutes
Service Ceiling 16,700'
5,100 m
Range 556 miles
895 km
  de Havilland DH.89B Dominie
Type Navigation trainer, Radio trainer
Students 4 - 5
Engine (Type) 2: de Havilland Gipsy Queen 3
Cylinders Inline 6
HP 200 each
Propeller blades 2 each
Dimensions  
Span 48'
14.63 m
Length 34' 6"
10.51 m
Height 10' 3"
3.12 m
Weight  
Loaded 5,850 lb
2,656 kg
Performance  
Speed 157 mph
253 kph
Cruising speed 132 mph
212 kph
Climb 867'/minute
264 m/minute
Service ceiling 16,700'
5,090 m
Range 570 miles
917 km
  de Havilland DH.89B Dominie Mk I
Type Radio / navigator trainer, Trainer
Crew 5 - 6
Engine (Type) 2: de Havilland Gipsy Six
Cylinders Inline 6
Cooling Liquid
HP 200 each
Dimensions  
Span 48'
Length 34' 6"
Height 10' 3"
Weight  
Empty 3,230 lb
1,465 kg
Loaded 5,500 lb
2,495 kg
Performance  
Speed 157 mph
Service ceiling 16,700'
Range 580 miles
  de Havilland DH.89B Dominie Mk II
de Havilland DH.89B Dominie
Type Communications aircraft, Navigation trainer
Crew 9, 1 instructor and 4-5 students
Engine (Type) 2: De Havilland Gypsy
Cylinders Inline
Cooling Air
HP 200 each
Dimensions  
Span 48'
Length 34' 6"
Height 10' 3"
Weight  
Loaded 5,850 lb
Performance  
Speed 155 mph
Range 550 miles

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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