Havilland D.H.89A Dragon Rapide 4 (
For some reason this aircraft
was to have originally been ZK-BCP but this was not
taken up (and eventually allotted to another
Rapide). It was re-registered ZK-BFK
aircraft was ex G-AHGF, which was actually the Mk. 4 prototype.
Most postwar Dragon Rapides were
powered by surplus RAF Gipsy Queen 3 engines
rated at 200 hp each. However, several were later
retrofitted with 200 hp Gipsy Queen
2s driving variable-pitch propellers. This installation
made it possible to increase the
maximum takeoff weight to 6000 pounds, and gave a significant
improvement in climb,
cruising, and single-engine performance. These
machines were known as Mk. 4s, and
they could be identified by the presence of larger
engine air intakes and variable-pitch
propeller spinners. G-AHGF had been so modified by Flightways
Ltd. of Eastleigh.
been purchased by Ken Bloomfield in 1953 and flown to New Zealand in
operating from Te Karaka, mainly around the Hawkes Bay area.
exported to Australia in 1957,
becoming VH-AWG and
withdrawn from service in 1965 due to airframe
deterioration. It was then used for
fire practice at
Archerfield until 1968.