HAC DH9 debuts at RIAT

DH9 E8894 at Fairford after RIAT 2017, awaiting dismantling and transportation to Duxford.

AIRCO DH9 E8894/ G-CDLI made its public debut in the static display at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on 14-16 July. The 1918-vintage bomber, which is yet to undertake its postrestoration maiden flight, was transported to Fairford by road from the Westfield, East Sussex workshops of Retrotec, which has been working on the machine for more than a decade. After RIAT, where the DH9 was exhibited as part of the BAE Systems Heritage display and won the trophy for best civilian aircraft in the show’s concours d’elegance, E8894 was transported to the Historic Aircraft Collection’s Duxford base, reassembled and rigged.