No Pic Image

De Havilland D.H.104 Dove 1B – c/n 04005

With EAFS/Channel from Mar 1957 to Oct 1957

This aircraft was the oldest of her kind to fly with EAFS/Channel, being only the 5th production model and the 7th Dove to take to the air. However, her tenure with the company was to be extremely short lived and she remained with the airline for just one, full, summer season before being sold to another airline in the Cape Verde Islands. Needless to say, she never really became part of the established fleet and the only surviving photographic evidence would seem to suggest that she operated without titles. Her service record is extremely vague too, however what is known is that this Dove was dispatched to De Havilland’s for servicing between the 18th and 22nd of March and made her first pre-service flight on the 15th of April. One week later, she would fly her first service for Channel between Southend and Jersey and it is likely that she was used as an extra capacity aircraft to fly on this and the Ostend, Rotterdam and Le Bourget routes through the summer period too. At the beginning of September, she was seen at Rotterdam and only a few weeks later, she had been sold on.


History of G-AHRB

10/46 to 2/51


2/51 to 3/57

West African Airways as VR-NAJ

3/57 to 10/57

EAFS/Channel Airways as G-AHRB

10/57 to 9/61

Transportes Aereos de Cabo Verde, Cape Verde as CR-CAD


DBR due to undercarriage failure while landing at Sao Vicente 7/9/61


Do you have any interesting snippets of information about this aircraft or indeed, any pictures that you would like to share? If so, please contact us on saadinfomail@gmail.com

Many thanks from the SAAD Admin Team.