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De Havilland DH 90 Dragonfly

 

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Similar to the D.H.89 Dragon Rapide, the de Havilland D.H.90 Dragonfly has a pre-formed plywood monocoque shell strengthened with spruce stringers. The lower wing centre section was strengthened, making possible deletion of the nacelle/wing root bracing struts and inner bay rigging wires, and so providing easy access to the cabin, with its accommodation for a pilot and four passengers. Powered by two de Havilland Gipsy Major engines, the prototype made its first flight at Hatfield on 12 August 1935 and the first D.H.90A production aircraft, with Gipsy Major II engines, flew in February 1936.
Production totalled 66.
Military purchasers included Canada, Denmark and Sweden.

D.H.90 Dragonfly

Engines: 2 x de Havilland Gipsy Major inline, 97kW, 130 hp
Max take-off weight: 1814 kg / 3999 lb
Empty weight: 1134 kg / 2500 lb
Wingspan: 13.11 m / 43 ft 0 in
Length: 9.65 m / 31 ft 8 in
Height: 2.79 m / 9 ft 2 in
Wing area: 23.78 sq.m / 255.97 sq ft
Wing loading: 15.58 lb/sq.ft / 76.00 kg/sq.m
Max. speed: 125 kts / 232 km/h / 144 mph
Cruise speed: 109 kts / 201 km/h / 125 mph
Service Ceiling: 5515 m / 18100 ft
Range: 543 nm / 1006 km / 625 miles

DH90B

Engines: 2 x Gipsy Major.
Seats: 5.
Cruise: 125 mph.
Stall: 63 mph.

 

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