de Haviland DH 89  “Dragon Rapide”

dragon rapide 140x93The Dragon Rapide was a British passenger airliner of the 1930’s that was first flown in 1934, and it was the most successful plane of it’s type in that decade.  More than 200 had been built before the second world war erupted.  
Rapides were requisitioned by the military for transport and radio navigation training duties, and were known as the de Haviland Dominie.
This particular Rapide was built in 1944 and carried Royal Air Force markings until it was sold in 1946 as surplus.   After being acquired by the museum, the Rapide was sent for an exhaustive restoration as a copy of the one ordered by HRH the Prince of Wales in 1935 in the colors of the Royal Guards.  As king, Edward VIII was the first monarch to be a qualified pilot.

Country: UK

Manufacturer: England

Years Built: 1933 – 1952

Engine: Dual Gipsy Six II

Horsepower: 205 hp

Empty Weight: 3276lbs

Gross Weight: 5,500lbs

Take Off Distance: 870ft

Landing Distance: 510ft

Cruise Speed: 90kts

Normal Range: 556miles

Max Speed: 157 mph

Weight: 5,500 lbs

Ceiling: 16,700 feet

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Fighter Factory operates and mainatins many WWII & WWI flying military aircraft including:

Fighters | Bombers | Trainers |Liaison & Other historical Military antiques

Spitfire | P-51 Mustang | Hawker Hurricane | TMB Avenger | P-40 Curtiss | PBY Catalina | FG-1D | SNJ-2 | T28-D | Corsair | Polikarpov PO-2 | Polikarpov I-15bis | Polikarpov I-16 Rata | Polikarpov I-163 | YAK | A-26 Invader | Junkers JU-52 | Sopwith Strutter | Tiger Moth DH-82A | SPAD SXIII | FM-2 Wildcat | Stearman N2S-3 | AD-4 Skyraider | Alabtros D.Va | Beechcraft T-34B | Bell P-63 | Bleriot X1 | Peashooter P26-D | Jungmeister 133C | Chipmunk DGC-1 | WACO YMF-5 | V1 Flying Bomb | Focke Wolfe FW-44J | Fokker Tri-Planes | Fokker Bi-Planes | Halberstadt | TG-4A | Russian LA-9 | Nieuport model 11 |

The above list is incomplete and we have more aircraft available at the museum


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Fighter Factory

is the restoration & maintenance & facility for the
Military Aviation Museum.

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The new hangar was recently built in April 2011 on the grounds of the Virginia Beach Airport adjacent to the Museum

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We employ a team of 15 highly skilled and experienced aviation technicians to ensure our aircraft remain safely in flight operational status. Meeting all FAA standards as required

Restoration Work

In addition to aircraft maintenance, Fighter Factory staff are also involved in much of the aircraft restoration projects, either on-site or at remote locations.

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Whenever new aircraft are acquired for the museum it is the responsibility of Fighter Factory staff to become technically proficient and knowledgeable in that particular aircraft. To ensure flight safety for pilots & ground crew

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