A delight to fly

INSIGHTS

DE HAVILLAND DRAGON

The first Dragon delivered to Hillman’s Airways, G-ACAN Maylands, as christened by Amy Mollison in December 1932.
AEROPLANE

Amy Mollison recalled in 1939 her earlier flying for Hillman’s Airways: “Day after day, in all weathers, I turned up in the morning to fly the 9am service to Paris with full loads of six passengers and baggage in a DH twinengined Dragon plane. I was in sole charge of the aircraft and used a wireless telephony set to communicate with Croydon and Le Bourget. With no blind-flying instruments such as we know them today, and with only telephonic radio communication, no directional wireless, and no blind-landing apparatus, some of those crossings were far more hazardous than my passengers ever guessed. However, two completely reliable engines saved us from trouble.”

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