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A flight in a wartime De Haviland Dragon Rapide.

Article about: Ade,i was down duxford in september and after a lot of umming and aar-ing i decided to have a flight in the Tiger Moth ,it was the full biggles set up flight jacket ,leather helmet and goggl

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    Hi Guys, a few years ago during one of my many visits to IWM Duxford we decided to take a pleasure flight in the 1943 Dragon Rapide. It was a great experience and nice to say you had flown in a genuine wartime aircraft. The aircraft is restored in it's wartime livery of the RAF Transport Command.

    You can still do this today, but the cost has increased since we took a flight:

    http://www.goliathres.com/res_websit...=dragon_rapide

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Hi Ade , thanks for the pic`s , reminded me of when my i took my son for a flight in a rapide years ago when he was a young lad . Do you remember getting on the scales !! I`m a big lad and was made to sit at the rear as ballast to stop the front end tipping forward the rear seat was next to the door and i remember laughing to myself because the door and latch reminded me of something found on a kitchen cabinet really enjoyed the flight though , real back to basics stuff , you can see how present day airline pilots etc. really enjoy flying these older aircraft

    cheers Al

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    Hi Al, I had forgotten about the scales! Yes, they did it to us too. I was near the back too...

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Gentlemen! What a cool thing to do! I have allways wanted to take a spin in a Rapide but sadly whenever I was over there they weren't flying! How was the ride? I would imagine it was pretty smooth.


    Cheers
    Gary

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    Hi Gary, yes it was a smooth ride. Much more fun than an air liner.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    you's are all brave men

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    Ade !.........

    All these beautiful aircraft !..............

    You're not thinking of trading in the jeep, are you ? ? ?

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    What an incredible sense of traveling back in time this must have invoked.
    [B][COLOR=Black][SIZE=3][FONT=Book Antiqua][I] Steve[/I][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/B]

    [CENTER][I][FONT=Georgia][COLOR=orange]Did you ever get the feeling that the world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?[/COLOR][/FONT]
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    [SIZE=3][COLOR=lemonchiffon][I][CENTER][FONT=Georgia]"Fly on dear boy, from this dark world of strife. On to the promised land to eternal life"[/FONT][/CENTER]
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    Must have been fun. Best would have been if you had jumped from it

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    Thanks for the comments guys.

    Trade the Jeep Never!

    I would love to Parachute from a wartime aircraft. I have only ever jumped from a "Islander" and this was the Parachute Regt display teams aircraft back in 1996.

    Cheers, Ade.

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