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de Havilland Dove

The de Havilland Dove monoplane was a British short haul airliner built to succeed the de Havilland Dragon Rapide biplane. It first flew in 1945.

de Havilland developed the Dove as a short haul airliner to replace the Dragon Rapide, a role it fulfilled well enough to come to the attention of the RAF. Their version was named the Devon.

The Dove/Devon was an outstanding success story. Five hundred were built, and they flew throughout the world, remaining in regular commercial service until 1984.

The de Havilland Dove will be in RAF colours and therefore representing the military 'Devon' variant. As the Devon was among a number of aircraft on The Queen's Flight during the early years of HM The Queen's reign, it will be on static display on the Diamond Jubilee Lawn.

Photo Credit: Tim Badham

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