The Schoolmaster

Called up for wartime service, the Rapide became the hard-working Dominie crew trainer. Ken Ellis describes its new career

Well known in the circuit at Duxford, Classic WingsG-AIYR wears post-war RAF colours with yellowtrainerbands and its military serial, HG691.

From the outset it looked like an uneven struggle, but both competitors for Air Ministry Specification G18/35 arrived for evaluation on April 13, 1935. Aircrew at the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment at Martlesham Heath, Suffolk and the newly formed Coast Defence Development Unit at Go sport, Hampshire would make the recommendations.

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