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OXFORD DIECAST 72DR004 1:72 SCALE AA Dragon Rapide G-AHKV

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£29.95
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OX72DR004
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OXFORD DIECAST
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OXFORD DIECAST 72DR004 1:72 SCALE AA Dragon Rapide G-AHKV

The De Havilland Dragon Rapide was a highly successful passenger bi-plane originally introduced in the mid 1930s. This unusual version of the Rapide is as used by the Automobile Association in the late 1950s and is decorated in their signature yellow and black livery, registered G-AHKV and featuring the AA badge of the period. Yellow on the upper side and gloss black on the underside, the contrasting AA insignia, which also appear on the tail fin, feature on both the upper and under wings in contrasting black on yellow and vice versa. Other lettering and decoration along the fuselage is printed in black, while the detailed cockpit "windows" are printed in opaque silver.

Built in 1944 as NR693, G-AHKV (c/n 6792) served with British European Airways from 1946. By 1954 Sky Neon Aviation were flying the aircraft at night over London with underwing neon advertising signs. Registered to the Automobile Association in 1957, G-AHKV became the most famous of all their aircraft. Flown by former RAF Mosquito pilot Bill Lewis, she was used as a traffic spotter, monitoring congestion and incidents from the air. The prototype of the DH.89A Mk 6 conversion, G-AHKV had sophisticated electrical and navigation equipment on board. She was also an air ambulance, repatriating AA members who had suffered accidents or illness in Europe and dropping supplies to snowbound villages in Scotland. Sold by the AA in 1963, she was burnt at Birmingham Airport in 1969. 


 

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