Aeroplane Database: de Havilland's elegant DH114 Heron

An in-depth look at one of the smallest four-engined airliners

An early flight by initial prototype G-ALZL, as yet unpainted.
An early flight by initial prototype G-ALZL, as yet unpainted. BAE SYSTEMS

A favourite transport of the world’s royalty, operated by airlines and air forces in more than 30 countries, and a history-maker by virtue of flying the last commercial service from Britain’s premier airport when it closed and the first from London’s newest gateway: the de Havilland DH114 Heron had many notable attributes. Yet, today, most people remember it as merely a bigger Dove.

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