De Havilland D.H.84 Dragon
Back to the Virtual Aircraft Museum
  MEDIUM TRANSPORTVirtual Aircraft Museum / United Kingdom / De Havilland  

De Havilland D.H.84 Dragon

The de Havilland D.H.84 Dragon was designed by Arthur Hagg in response to Fox Moth operator Edward Hillman's request for a twin-engined aircraft to be used on a proposed service from southern England to Paris. The slab-sided plywood box used successfully in the Fox Moth was adopted forthe fuselage of the new design, a two-bay biplane with wings that could be folded outboard of the two de Havilland Gipsy Major engines. The pilot was provided with a separate compartment in the extreme nose and the main cabin could seat six passengers. The prototype made its maiden flight on 12 November 1932, at Stag Lane, Edgware. It was later delivered to Hillman's Airways at Maylands, Essex, together with three examples of the production Dragon 1, which facilitated inauguration of the Paris route in April 1933. British production totalled 115 aircraft built at Stag Lane and, from 1934, at Hatfield. A further 87 were built in Australia during World War II, the de Havilland Australian factory at Bankstown, Sydney, producing navigation trainers for the Royal Australian Air Force, the first of these flying on 29 September 1942.


Dragon 2: the 63rd aircraft was the first of an improved version with the glasshouse cabin windows replaced by individual framed transparencies, and with main landing gear fairings

D.H.84M: militarised version with a dorsal gun ring and a fin fillet; supplied to Denmark, Iraq and Portugal

De Havilland D.H.84 DragonA three-view drawing (700 x 620)

 ENGINE2 x de Havilland Gipsy Major inline piston engines, 97kW
    Take-off weight2041 kg4500 lb
    Empty weight1060 kg2337 lb
    Wingspan14.43 m47 ft 4 in
    Length10.52 m35 ft 6 in
    Height3.3 m11 ft 10 in
    Wing area34.93 m2375.98 sq ft
    Max. speed216 km/h134 mph
    Cruise speed183 km/h114 mph
    Ceiling4420 m14500 ft
    Range877 km545 miles

Julio Cesar Retamozo, 19.04.2017

Hola tengo una hélice de un Dragon Rapid que me regalaron hace tiempo y quisiera venderla, no tengo ni idea cuánto vale, las puntas de las palas están cortadas, saludos.-

Leonardo, 01.04.2011

El DeHavilland Dragon Rapide era un gran avion quepodia operar de cualquier pista,poca carrera de despegue y una buena docilidad en los comandos,si bien la velocidad era poca para el consumo y potencia para la epoca fue irremplazable,dispongo de algunos repuestos

Stan Smith, 11.06.2010

I have rebuilt and operate DH84a Dragon S/N 2057 ZK-AXI.It is on a full Air Transport CofA E mail me for any other info

Leonardo Herrera Rincon, 26.04.2009

Yo fui propietario de dos De Havilland Dragon Rapid,los vole a los dos,era un avion de una docilidad envidiable,incluso lo vole con 8 pasajeros,no tenia problema para despegar,me quedan de los mismos solo un generador que es una joya,con helice de paso variable y una helice del motor variable,electrica,ambas las vendo

Ginny Baldwin, 18.11.2006

Was this ever owned by Prince of Whales and did it have a cigar ashtray in it. Thank you very much.

Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?

Name    E-mail


All the World's Rotorcraft

Virtual Aircraft Museum

All rhe World's Rotorcraft AVIATION TOP 100 -