G-AKSC de Havilland DH.89A Rapide [6779]

De Havilland D.H.89A Dragon Rapide – c/n 6779

With E.A.F.S. from May 1953 to Sep 1954

Dragon Rapide Sierra Charlie was the very last aircraft of its type to enter service with E.A.F.S. and thus had a rather short operational life with the company. Needless to say, she would fly two, full summer seasons for the airline, the first of which began in 1953 flying services from both Southend and Shoreham to Jersey, Ostend and later Le Bourget although the latter service was initially not very popular and it would take a while for it to finally pick up. She was invariably withdrawn from service over the winter months, but by the spring of 1954 she was ready to undertake the year’s newly approved routes to Ipswich, Calais, Guernsey and Alderney while she could still be seen on the older routes from time to time too. However, as the summer rush began to die down, SC was put up for sale and by September of that year she had departed to join Aeroservices Ltd. of Croydon.


History of G-AKSC

4/44 to 1/48

Taken on charge with Royal Air Force as NR680

1/48 to 7/49

Olley Air Service as G-AGSC

7/49 to 5/53

The Demolition and Construction Co. Ltd.

(Sir Brograve Campbell Beauchamp)

5/53 to 9/54

East Anglian Flying Services

9/54 to 8/55

Aeroservices Ltd. Croydon

8/55 to 11/65

Societe Caledonienne de Transports Aeriens, New Caledonia as F-OATC

11/65 to 7/67

Aero Club Caledonian


Registered as cancelled 6/67 and likely scrapped not long after this


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