Skeletal Metal Dragon

Here’s a neat memorial. Photographed against a lovely sky, it’s evidently a skeletal metal sculpture of a de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide.

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In fact it’s representing the visually identical de Havilland DH.89B Dominie, the Royal Air Force’s radio trainer, or radio ‘flying classroom’, and made for and erected at the former RAF Madley airfield, Herefordshire, as seen below.

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It’s a neat little memorial, a great credit to whoever decided on, and who made this neat sculpture to literally lift the memorial above the rest. Although the structure isn’t intended to accurately represent what’s ‘under the skin’ of a real Domine, it’s otherwise very accurate to the outline and ‘feel’ of the type. Some more photos:

James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer.

Photos by John Barnes, via Ralph Delbridge at the  Airfields of Britain in WW2 Facebook page here.

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