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1920s - 1930s: de Havilland DH.90 Dragonfly

The elegant DH-90 Dragonfly was designed as a five seat business/commuter aircraft with good performance on two Gipsy Major engines. The prototype aircraft first flew in August 1935, and a total of 66 Dragonflies were built, primarily for private owners. Canada, Denmark and Sweden used the aircraft in a military role, while in New Zealand the aircraft was used in a commercial role.

 

DH90ZK-AYR (c/n 7508) is operated on scenic and aircraft experience flights by the Croydon Aircraft Company in New Zealand. It was first registered as G-AEDT, then went to Australia as VH-AAD and to the USA as N2034. From about 1988 to 1996 it was flying as G-AEDT again, before leaving the UK for New Zealand.

On Monday 12 February 1962 Air Charterís Dragonfly ZK-AFB (formerly operated by the Canterbury Aero Club 1946-1956) went missing on a scenic flight from Christchurch to Milford Sound. The search for the veteran aircraft and five occupants (including a honeymoon couple) was headline news in New Zealand and Australia. In spite of the largest aerial search undertaken in New Zealand and one of the most extensive in the South Pacific, nothing was ever found.

ZK-AFB is considered to be the most searched-for-aircraft in New Zealand and searches continue to the present time.

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Several de Havilland airliners, including the Dragonfly.

 


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