Wings of Peace

It seems remarkable that the most diminutive aircraft from the Brabazon Committee’s masterplan for post-war British commercial aviation made the biggest impact – on both domestic and world stages. Bruce Hales-Dutton recalls the development and service life of the de Havilland DH.104 Dove

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Several examples of the de Havilland Dove and the related Devon and Sea Devon remain in an airworthy condition, most notably LTU Classic’s Dove 5, D-INKA (c/n 04266)
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It may not have been as fast as the Comet nor as commodious as the Viscount but in one area of performance at least it was superior to the more eye-catching jets and turboprops. With 542 units turned out over 23 years, the de Havilland Dove piston-engined feeder liner was comfortably ahead of any other airliner produced in Britain in the post-war era. And that includes all the other types dreamed up by the Brabazon Committee. 

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