The De Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide is a six/eight-passenger bi-plane airliner. Developed from
the De Havilland commercial twin DH.84 Dragon and DH.86: the DH.89 Dragon Six prototype was first
flown on April 17, 1934. Delivery of the DH.89 Dragon Rapide started in 1934. The D.H.89A entered
production in 1937. When the production in July 1946 ended, a total of 728 DH-89 were built,
including 475 DH.89B Dominie Mk.1 and DH.89B Dominie Mk.2 for the R.A.F. & Fleet Air Arm.
De Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide s/n 6541 was manufactured in 1940 by
De Havilland at Hatfield. It was delivered in 1941 and was operated
first as DH.89A Domini X7381. After wfu from militairy service, the
aircraft was registered G-ALZF. On 9 October 1952, the bi-plane was
registered F-BGON with Société Fransair, Paris, France. The same month,
on 31 October 1952, the F-BGON was registered with ETAT / Direction
Generale de l'Aviation Civile / SEFA. SEFA (Service de l’Exploitation de
la Formation Aéronautique) with headquarters at aerodrome de Muret
l'Herm, near Toulouse, provided airline pilots to organizations such as
Air France. Over the years, the aircraft was run into non-flying condition.
On 2 June 1976, the F-BGON was registered with D.Robert. In 1980, the Dragon
Rapide was restored in flying condition by L'Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis and
on 20 January 1981 the Dragon Rapide was registered F-AZCA with Jean Salis and
based at aerodrome Cerny near La Ferte Alais. On 22 March 1996, the F-AZCA
was registered with L'Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis (AJBS). The restored old-timer
biplane was photographed as F-AZCA at Aérodrome de Cerny la Ferté-Alais near Paris
in France on 6 August 1988.