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
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.