On 9 September, Bonhams is to offer Sir Torquil Norman’s glorious 1934 de Havilland DH84 Dragon cabin biplane as one of the stars of its 16th annual Goodwood Revival Meeting Sale.
The aircraft, UK-registered as G-ECAN, was built by de Havilland Australia at its plant at Bankstown Airport, Sydney, in 1943. It is construction number 2048 and served in the RAAF as a navigational training aircraft, serial A34-59, before being converted post-war to civilian standard. It was operated under Australian civil registrations VH-AQU and later VH-DCX for some time as a Flying Doctor Medical Service machine, based at Alice Springs.
It passed subsequently into the Marshall Airways collection at Bankstown Airport, before being acquired by Sir Torquil at the turn of the century and being painstakingly restored to flying condition by respected specialists Cliff Lovell, Henry Labouchere and Hants Light Plane Services of Chilbolton, Hampshire. It was completed in DH84 MkII specification, and since completion has become a familiar sight at airshows and vintage fly-ins around the UK, having now completed some 450 flying hours throughout Europe.
The DH84 Dragon is regarded as the spark which triggered Sir Torquil Norman’s late engineer brother Desmond to create his highly successful Britten-Norman Islander twin-engined design. G-ECAN is expected to realise a price in excess of £200,000.
For more information, visit the Bonhams website.