Beautifully finished in period Iberia colours, the Fundación Infante de Orleans’ Dragon Rapide is flying again in tribute to the de Havilland biplane airliner’s significant Spanish service


Fundación Infante de Orleans president Carlos Valle flying the recently repainted Dragon Rapide, now registered EC-MQS, on 28 September 2017.
The FIO operated the Rapide for a time in its previous colour scheme, one well known to British airshow audiences from G-AEML’s time in the ownership of first Victor Gauntlett and then Ken Whitehead.

Given what an important role the de Havilland DH89A Dragon Rapide played in Spanish civil and military aviation history, the addition of an airworthy example to the country’s main ‘flying museum’ fleet was extremely appropriate. It happened on 17 May 2008, when the Fundación Infante de Orleans (FIO) received Rapide G-AEML.

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