Title: De Havilland DH89 Dragon Rapide No’s 1 and 2

The De Havilland DH89 was the most successful of the 1930’s De Havilland biplane short-haul airliners. Designed as a faster and more comfortable successor to the DH84 Dragon, it utilised many features of the four-engined DH86 Express aircraft, including tapered wings, streamlined fairings and the Gypsy Six engine.

Initially known as the Dragon Six, it was subsequently renamed the Dragon Rapide and sometimes known just as the Rapide. The prototype first flew in 1934 and 205 examples had been built for customers worldwide by the start of WW2 in 1939. Civil aircraft were impressed into RAF service as the Dominie for passenger duties and navigation training. 500 more were built specifically for military purposes.

The aircraft proved very durable despite its simple plywood construction and many wartime survivors re-entered civil service. Several examples remain airworthy today.

We offer two titles for the Dragon Rapide containing civil and military manuals for the DH89. The files have been scanned from the original flight manuals and retain any colour pages. Each file is US$9.95.


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Title 1 contains:

    • Manufacturers Manual of Instructions for Operation, Maintenance and Rigging of the De Havilland Dragon Six ( Type DH89), publication DH.89 I.M.1, undated but from the late 1930’s, with approx. 24 pages including 17 fold-out drawings.
    • RAF Pilot’s Notes for the Dominie I and CII, AP 1763A & B-PN, dated September 1946, with approx. 20 pages.
    • Manufacturers colour brochure for the De Havilland Dragon Rapide, printed 6/37 with approx. 22 pages.

Title 2 contains:

    • Manufacturers Care and Maintenance Manual for the De Havilland DH89 Dragon Rapide Mks II and III.  3rd Edition with approx. 153 pages.  (This is a complete manual which includes Pilot’s Notes and the Repair Manual.)
    • BEA Airlines Pilot’s Manual (titled Operations Manual) for the Dragon Rapide (known as the Islander by BEA), 2nd Edition revised to Jan 1963 with approx. 141 pages.