Well, there isn't much to write. Aside from being pretty, the Dragon Rapide is rather boring, but it was very successful. So here's a photo/video dump and brief overview of the Dragon Rapide, the British short haul passenger airliner from the 1930s, which I'm always reminded of when I see an Aston Martin Rapide.

It was an 8 passenger biplane with a 573 mile range, powered by 2 de Havilland Gipsy Six inline engines. 731 were built and carried passengers for various airlines of the British Empire and even served as a transport for some militaries. It was made of wood, one of many de Havilland wood designs that led to arguably their most famous wooden aircraft, the DH.89 Mosquito

It's a beautiful plane, from the time when making something fly well pretty much meant making it look like it would fly well. Interesting note about it: it only has one pilot. You will never see that in an airline again, but more than that it allowed for the cockpit to be shaped around a single seat in the center which gives the Dragon Rapide a very distinctive nose.

There's a handful of Dragon Rapides still flying today, some of them operated for pleasure flights in the UK, two of them operating in New Zealand.

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