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The de Havilland Dragon Rapide

#1  Postby Macdoc » May 23, 2018 5:37 am

Plane came up in a detective novel. Very cool design ...look at those big windows.

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Re: The de Havilland Dragon Rapide

#2  Postby BlackBart » May 23, 2018 6:47 am

Yup. Lovely looking plane - You can occasionally see it over flying over London

https://www.classic-wings.co.uk/dragon-rapide-flights/
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#3  Postby zulumoose » May 23, 2018 6:56 am

I always thought the Comet and the Mosquito were the best looking planes, both De Havilland.

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I was able to see a Mosquito up close at the London RAF museum, much smaller than I imagined, but no less impressive. Two Rolls Royce Merlins and a wooden chassis, versatile, cheap, and could outstrip any fighter in its heyday. An absolute marvel.
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#4  Postby Macdoc » May 23, 2018 1:35 pm

Ah that's something for our next London trip ...the Air Museum.

Both Smithsonian Space and Air museums are astonishing,

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#5  Postby laklak » May 23, 2018 3:11 pm

Gorgeous aircraft.
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#6  Postby romansh » May 23, 2018 3:20 pm

zulumoose wrote:
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I was able to see a Mosquito up close at the London RAF museum, much smaller than I imagined, but no less impressive. Two Rolls Royce Merlins and a wooden chassis, versatile, cheap, and could outstrip any fighter in its heyday. An absolute marvel.

My school's claim to fame was they made parts for the Mosquito during WWII in the woodshop.
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#7  Postby zulumoose » May 23, 2018 6:21 pm

romansh wrote:
My school's claim to fame was they made parts for the Mosquito during WWII in the woodshop.
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Lots of furniture factories and the like did, that was the benefit of wood framing, it was a way to get the most out of resources that otherwise couldn't contribute much to the war effort.
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Re: The de Havilland Dragon Rapide

#8  Postby Calilasseia » May 24, 2018 3:24 pm

Has any study been performed on whether being made of wood reduced the Mosquito's radar cross section? Only this would add to it as an asset in WWII, if it was hard to detect on radar ...
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#9  Postby zulumoose » May 24, 2018 3:57 pm

The German radar at the time was, I believe, fairly primitive. British radar stations were one of the biggest assets in the battle of Britain.
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