De Havilland Dragon Rapide - Fairey Reed Fixed Pitch Propeller - Highly Polished - Vintage | AEROART.CO.UK


Possibly the most beautiful of the 2-bladed propellers, a rare vintage British made Fairey-Reed Propeller from a 1930s era De Havilland Dragon Rapide. 

Fairey-Reed (a division of the Fairey Aircraft Company) was a propeller manufacturer located at Hayes,West London and used designs based on the patents of Sylvanus Albert Reed who was actually credited for inventing the metal aircraft propeller. These designs were very sleek and unique in their appearance and when manufacturing them they were cast into a flat blank and then pressed into their beautiful shape.  This meant that many variants of pitch angle could be made from just one type of propeller blank with just a change of tooling.The design proved to be very successful and was used on a wide range of aircraft throughout WW2 and into the 60s. His designs were also produced by Curtiss in the USA and It was only the introduction of the variable pitch propeller that rendered the Reed Propeller obsolete.

  This propeller has been chemically stripped to remove all the paint and painstakingly polished on both sides to a mirror finish.  It has undergone 18 stages of sanding and 5 stages of polishing to achieve a perfect flawless finish. 

The De Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide was a 1930s short-haul biplane airliner developed and produced by British aircraft company De Havilland. Capable of accommodating 6–8 passengers, it proved an economical and durable craft, despite its relatively primitive plywood construction.

Developed during the early 1930s, the Dragon Rapide was essentially a smaller, twin-engined version of the four-engined DH.86 Express, and shared a number of common features, such as its tapered wings, streamlined fairings and Gipsy Six engines. First named the "Dragon Six", the type was marketed as "Dragon Rapide" and later simply known as the "Rapide". Upon its introduction in summer 1934, it proved to be a popular aircraft with airlines and private civil operators alike, attaining considerable foreign sales in addition to its domestic use.

Specifications : Dragon Rapide

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General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 8 passengers
  • Length: 34 ft 6 in (10.5 m)
  • Wingspan: 48 ft 0 in (14.6 m)
  • Height: 10 ft 3 in (3.1 m)
  • Wing area: 340 ft² (32 m²)
  • Empty weight: 3,230 lb (1,460 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 5,500 lb (2,490 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × de Havilland Gipsy Six inline engine, 200 hp (149 kW) each



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