VH-UFF was originally delivered to the RAAF as A33-1 but was in service only a few months when Holyman's Airways asked to buy it to replace a crashed DH86. Holyman's had it for a year then it became ANA. In June 1938 -UFF was transferred to Airlines of Australia and was still with AOA when it was impressed by the RAAF as A33-3. During the war it was operated by Guinea Airways (as VH-UFF again). In 1956 it was sold in New Caledonia as F-OAVG. Photo from: State Library of Queensland
This was the prototype DH.89, first flying from Hatfield on 17 April 1934 with DH's E.4 test markings. Sold to Switzerland as CH-287 and HB-ARA from November 1934. Bought by Swissair in March 1937 and re-registered HB-APA on 19 April 1948. Sold in 1954. Last flew in 1960 and sadly burnt in 1965. From Swissair 60 years ago.
An RAAF photograph showing A33-1 from the No.1 Air Observer School on a local flight from its base at Cootamundra. This was an impressed aircraft that returned to its former civil guise VH-UUO in 1942. It crashed in 1952. The Rapide seen in recent years painted as A33-1 is not this aircraft.
Early DH-89 Rapide delivered in 09.34 to Personal Airways. To Western Airways 11.38. Taken over by NAC for 24 Squadron RAF 09.39 based at Le Bourget. Impressed as AW115 06.40. Destroyed on take off at Cardiff Pengham Moors 15.02.41.
General Franco flew from the Canaries to Spanish Morocco on this very aircraft in July 1936 to revolt against the government in Madrid. The British plane had been chartered by the London correspondent of a Spanish conservative newspaper.
IoMAS Rapide parked in front of Ringway's 1938-built terminal with roof-top viewing area on 26 September. G-AEBW served the airline from October 1937 until being abandoned at Bordeaux in June 1940 because of fuel shortage during the evacuation of France.
Captain Cecil Bebb, a British MI6 officer and freelance pilot, flew General Franco from the Canary Islands to Spanish Morocco in this very aircarft during 1936, a journey which was to trigger the onset of the Spanish Civil War. The Rapide was presented to Franco as a gift after WW2
Built in 1936 for Wrightways of Croydon. Impressed into the RAF as X9450 in 1940. Postwar operated for many years by Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft as an executive plane. Sold to Spain in 2008 and displayed at Cuatro Vientos.
Aircraft delivered to the R.Australian AF as A3-1 for survey work. Sold to Holyman's Airways in December 1935 as VH-UFF and named "Memma". Merged into ANA November 1936. Impressed into RAAF in 1940 as A33-3. Restored as VH-UFF in November 1943 with Guinea Airways. From DH 60 years ago.
GW&S Dragon Rapide operating the Speke-Ringway-Elmdon-Ryde-Shoreham schedule. Austin Motors-built Fairey Battle I visible in background. Also Ringway's original 1938 terminal and hangar. From family album.