A Royal Navy de Havilland DH-89a Dominie in the colours of NR782 of the Culdrose Station Flight, Fleet Air Arm, 1962.
The de Havilland DH-89 Dominie, or Dragon Rapide, was introduced in 1934 as a light passenger aircraft, capable of carrying 8 passengers. At the outbreak of World War II, the DH-89 was ordered by the Royal Air Force as a radio and navigation trainer, seeing a production run of 731. Post-War, many surplus military DH-89s were sold to various civilian airlines, the type serving well into the 1960s with some operators worldwide. Even today, several are still flying worldwide.
NR782 was delivered to the Royal Air Force in March of 1945, before being taken on by the Royal Navy in October of that year. It subsequently served at several different stations, including Evanton, Culham, Arbroath, Lossiemouth, Donibristle, Culdrose and Yeovilton: it is displayed in the colours of its last posting at Culdrose, between September of 1962 and June of 1963. It was subsequently sold as surplus on the civilian market and registered as G-ASKI, before being sold to Italy in 1965 as I-BOBJ. After its Certificate of Airworthiness expired in 1967, it was stored at Turin until it was scrapped in 1973.
Kit is the 1/7 scale Airfix rebox of the classic Heller kit.
Kit inventory: kit #573, purchased December 4th 2006 @ Verschooten Modelbouw, Antwerp, Belgium.