After Flying Legends G-AIYR had just embarked with a new load of passengers for a short ride around Duxford when the starboard engine overheated and started a fire to the fabric of the wing. The fire was quicly extinguished, but destroyed much of the fabric. Fortunately no casualties of any sort other than the pride of the crew. I was happy to see the same aircraft in the air a year later.
Air Atlantique obtained this Rapide in 1995, for operation by their Air Atlantique Historic Flight (later Air Atlantique Classic Flight) in their own colours. In Sep 2008 it was painted in these nice in RAF markings, showing its original serial. A little later the name "Nettie" was added. In Nov 2015 it was registered to Cirrus Aviation in Clacton-on-Sea, which continued to fly it in these same markings. On 30 Sep 2019 it was registered to Avalon Ventures Ltd, also in in Clacton-on-Sea.
Front view of the DH.89 preserved in the Musée de l'Air. Formerly HG721 and G-ALGB, the aircraft was operated in France by the state Service de l'Aviation Légère et Sportive (SALS) and used for parachuting from Chalon-sur-Saône - Champforgeuil.
Maurice Rolfe's long-awaited D.H.89A Domine/Dragon Rapide VH-UXZ 'Lady Penrhyn' made its first post-restoration flight on 28 March 2014. The aircraft was built for the RAF in 1944 as a Domine, NR713. It was later civil registered as G-AJSL. The markings recall the original VH-UXZ of ANA, cn 6365, which crashed off Flinders Island in 1943.