De Havilland D.H.16
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De Havilland D.H.16

The end of World War I and the subsequent vast surplus of military aircraft was not a time for new civil designs to emerge. Instead, many conversions of military models were attempted, but the de Havilland D.H.16 was a redesign of the D.H.9A with a wider fuselage for four passengers. Following its first flight at Hendon in March 1919, the D.H.16 was sold to Aircraft Transport and Travel Ltd (AT&T), who used it for pleasure flying before it inaugurated a London-Paris service on 25 August of that year.

Total D.H.16 production was nine aircraft, all but one being used by AT&T. The sole exception was sold to a customer in Buenos Aires, where it operated a service to Montevideo. The first six D.H.16s were powered by the 239kW Rolls-Royce Eagle engine, while the last three had Napier Lions.

AT&T closed in December 1920 and its seven remaining D.H.16s (one had been lost in a crash) were stored. All were broken up in 1922 except for two sold for newspaper delivery flights; one of these was lost in a fatal crash in 1923, and the remaining aircraft was subsequently withdrawn and scrapped.

De Havilland D.H.16A three-view drawing (700 x 697)

 ENGINE1 x Napier Lion inline piston engine, 336kW
    Take-off weight2155 kg4751 lb
    Empty weight1431 kg3155 lb
    Wingspan14.17 m47 ft 6 in
    Length9.68 m32 ft 9 in
    Height3.45 m11 ft 4 in
    Wing area45.5 m2489.76 sq ft
    Max. speed219 km/h136 mph
    Cruise speed161 km/h100 mph
    Ceiling6400 m21000 ft
    Range684 km425 miles

Angus K Crutchfield, 19.02.2009

Hi Kent,
I wonder if we may be related? I was born in 1951, my father being Kenneth Crutchfield, b 1901. My paternal grandmother was Florence Grace Jones, b.1875. Florence had two sisters and one brother. Her older sister, Henrietta, (known as Hettie) was born 1874 and she married a Walter Simpkin(s) Goddard. My undertstanding is that they had three sons, Raymond, Norman and Glen - but from there on, I know nothing other than they lived in / around Edmonton. If you have any details or can make a connection with my line I would be very pleased to know - and to receive a copy of the photograph you mention.

I live with my partner, Rebecca, in Somerset.

With Best Wishes,


Kent Goddard, 18.08.2008

From Kent Goddard Now at 74 years old
My grandfather was involved with AT&T in 1920
And i have a photograph of him with the aircraft
which may be of interest for your records
If you could give me your email address I will send it as an attachment
Kent C Goddard

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