De Havilland DH.104 Dove

  • CountryUnited Kingdom
  • TypeEight seat commuter airliner and executive transport
  • PowerplantsDove 1 - Two 245kW (330hp) de Havilland Gipsy Queen 703 supercharged inverted six cylinder inline engines driving three blade constant speed propellers. Dove 8 - Two 300kW (400hp) Gipsy Queen 70 Mk.3s.
  • PerformanceDove 1 - Max speed 338km/h (182kt), max cruising speed 322km/h (174kt), long range cruising speed 266km/h (144kt). Initial rate of climb 750ft/min. Service ceiling 20,000ft. Max range 1610km (890nm). Dove 8 - Max speed 370km/h (200kt), max cruising speed 338km/h (183kt), long range cruising speed 300km/h (163kt). Initial rate of climb 1135ft/min. Service ceiling 21,700ft. Max range 1416km (765nm).
  • WeightsDove 1 - Empty 2563kg (5650lb), max takeoff 3856kg (8500lb). Dove 8 - Empty 2869kg (6325lb), max takeoff 4060kg (8950lb).
  • DimentionsWing span 17.37m (57ft 0in), length 11.96m (39ft 3in), height 4.06m (13ft 4in). Wing area 31.1m2 (335sq ft).
  • CapacityFlightcrew of two pilots. Main cabin seating for eight passengers, max cabin seating for 11 in a modified cabin arrangement.
  • Production544 Doves built, including 200 for military operators. A small number remain in commercial service.

The Dove was Britain's first fruitful post bellum common airplane, and one of the few effective Brabazon Committee ventures.

The Brabazon Committee was built amid Ww2 to characterize necessities for British post bellum common flying machine. While the legislature built board was in charge of various disappointments, for example, the Bristol Brabazon, its studies likewise brought about the profoundly effective Vickers Viscount (portrayed somewhere else) and the de Havilland Dove.

The Dove was produced because of a necessity for a little feederliner for UK and Commonwealth local administrations. The ensuing airplane offered new forms of the Gipsy Queen motor, a raised flightdeck and separate traveler lodge and all metal development. The primary Dh.104 Dove flew surprisingly on September 25 1945.

Consistent deals accomplishment as a territorial carrier and corporate transport (especially in the US) was supported by noteworthy military requests (RAF adaptations were known as the Devon, Royal Navy airplane the Sea Devon).

The Dove stayed in generation until the mid 1960s (by which time it was a Hawker Siddeley item), and various variations were fabricated. These were the starting Series 1, the official inside Series 2, the military Series 4, the Series 5 with more prominent run and all the more capable motors, the Series 6 (and 6a for the US) official variant of the Series 5, Series 6ba with all the more compelling motors, Series 7 (Series 7a for the US) with all the more effective motors and raised Heron style flightdeck, and Series 8 (8a or Custom 800 in the US) with five seat inner part.

In the USA Riley Aeronautics offered transformations of the Dove with two 300kw (400hp) Lycoming Io720 level eight cylinder motors. The change is known as the Riley 400, and aside from the motors, clients could fit a cleared back tail, another instrument board and a steel fight pooed wing. The primary Riley 400 flew in 1963.

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