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de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide
c/n 6831

Registrations carried:
ZS-JGV

Last flown in 1996 it was purchased, in early 2011, by Mark Sahd, custodian of The Historic Wings Collection (HWC) in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Update 2014/06/08 from Mark Sahd. "The restoration of the Rapide is starting to gather pace with the painting of the fuselage almost complete. First engine runs are planned to take place in the next couple of weeks (toward end of June 2014) and conclusion of the fuselage with the final installation of the instrument panel."

The Rapide restoration is taking place at Air Hart, East London Airport.

To commemorate the first flight of the de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide on 17 April 1934, a flypast by a de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth, ZS-OVW, and DHC-1 Chipmunk, ZS-URC, was held at Border Aviation Club, East London Airport, on 17 April 2014. The two aircraft flew overhead DH.89A Rapide, ZS-JGV, which is currently undergoing restoration to flying condition. The Rapide is part of the Historic Wings Collection.

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de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide c/n 6831 ZS-JGV
At Progress Airfield (FAPZ) 16 November 2005
Photograph: Gabriel le Roux
www.aviationpics.co.za


de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide c/n 6831 ZS-JGV
At Air Force Base Ysterplaat (FAYP) 17 March 1989. This time she carries the registration marks.
Photograph: Gabriel le Roux www.aviationpics.co.za


de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide c/n 6831 ZS-JGV
At Air Force Base Waterkloof  (FAWK) 2 May 1987 during the occassion of the Wartime Air Training Scheme (WATS) Reunion.
Note that the aircraft does not carry a registration (at least on its side).
Photograph: Gabriel le Roux www.aviationpics.co.za


de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide c/n 6831 ZS-JGV
At Margate Airport (FAMG) 16 May 1985
Photograph: Gabriel le Roux www.aviationpics.co.za


de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide c/n 6831 ZS-JGV
Photograph: Ray Watts