De Havilland D.H.95 Flamingo
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De Havilland D.H.95 Flamingo

The company's first aircraft of all-metal stressed-skin construction, the de Havilland D.H.95 Flamingo was designed by R. E. Bishop as a mediumrange passenger transport to carry 12-17 passengers and a crew of three. It featured hydraulically retractable landing gear, split trailing-edge flaps and was powered initially by two 664 kW (890hp) Bristol Perseus XIIc radial engines. The prototype was first flown by de Havilland chief test pilot Geoffrey de Havilland Jr at Hatfield on 28 December 1938; during subsequent flight testing a third, central fin was fitted temporarily. In May 1939 this aircraft was delivered to Guernsey & Jersey Airways Ltd for route-proving trials, linking Heston and Southampton's Eastleigh Airport with the two principal Channel Islands.

The outbreak of war precluded commercial use on these services, but the Royal Air Force had ordered two Flamingoes for communications duties with No. 24 Squadron and one for The King's Flight, the last being delivered to RAF Benson on 7 September 1940. It was transferred to No. 24 Squadron in February 1941, the unit having acquired also the prototype, two aircraft ordered by civilian customers and the fifth airframe which had been used by the manufacturer for development of the Bristol Perseus XVI radial. This engine was fitted to all subsequent examples, including one used by the Royal Navy's No. 782 Squadron at Donibristle for communications flights to the Orkney and Shetland Islands and to Northern Ireland, and eight flown by BOAC on Middle East services, based at Cairo. The Royal Navy's Flamingo was the only aircraft to return to civil use after the war, seeing limited service with British Air Transport at Redhill where it was scrapped in 1954. Flamingo production totalled 16 aircraft.

De Havilland D.H.95 FlamingoA three-view drawing (700 x 639)

 ENGINE2 x Bristol Perseus XVI radial piston engines, 694kW
    Take-off weight7983 kg17600 lb
    Empty weight5137 kg11325 lb
    Wingspan21.34 m70 ft 0 in
    Length15.72 m52 ft 7 in
    Height4.65 m15 ft 3 in
    Wing area59.36 m2638.95 sq ft
    Max. speed385 km/h239 mph
    Cruise speed296 km/h184 mph
    Ceiling6370 m20900 ft
    Range1947 km1210 miles

jamie, 21.08.2011

There's a good photo of two Flamingos in RAF livery in Aug 2011 issue of FlyPast mag,

chris stark, 15.04.2011

A Flamingo aircraft is mentioned in winston Churchill's history of the Second World War, he used one for trips to France prior to that country's surrender.

He usually travelled with an escort of 12 Spitfires, and according to his book on one occasion they had to remain in France due to lack of fuel, leaving the Flamingo to return alone. Two German aircraft were spotted over the channel attacking fishing boats; had they seen the unarmed Flamingo then WC would hardly have survived the encounter.

Chris Scott, 27.07.2010

A BBC war correspondent noted a flight in one from Amiens to England Febuary 1940. See the book A.A.A.F. Charles Gardner page 81. He was very complimentary.

Matty, 22.02.2010

I managed to track down and obtain some further information from the aircraft illustrated magazine dated November 1968... and there should be some more information in the october issue if anyone has it... I would be most appreciative to have the information in the issue if anyone has it :)

Barry, 16.09.2009

Known in the R.A.F. as the Hertfordshire, 14.11.2006

FYI, have a photo of G-AFUE IN AUCTION ON eBAY

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