Royal Flying Corps 1918 De Havilland DH9A WW1 & Inter-War Colonial Day Bomber Biplane Royal Flying Corps 1918 De Havilland DH9A WW1 and Inter-War Colonial Day
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Royal Flying Corps 1918 De Havilland DH9A WW1 and Inter-World War Colonial Medium Bomber Biplane

This World War One DH9A Biplane Medium Bomber was developed by De Havilland and entered service with the Royal Flying Corps RFC in 1918. It saw limited service during the end of World War One but became the backbone of the RAF post world war one colonial bombing force. It was known as the 'Ninak'. By the end of 1918 900 had been built. In Russia the DH9A was produced under license for the Red Air Force. After the war the De Havilland DH9A medium bomber was used extensively in Iraq and the North West Frontier of India in an aerial policing role. Its ability to cover great distances reduced the need for a large number of ground troops. As the DH9A operated over hostile territory the DH9A's carried spare wheels, emergency rations, water and bedding.

De Havilland
Geoffery de Havilland trained as an engineer in 1900 in the British Midlands but later in 1906 he moved downs south to London and worked in the design office of the Motor Omnibus Company in Walthamstow. In 1908 he caught the aero plane heavier than air craze. He learned how to fly and esigned his own aero engine. He them built two very early aircraft to experiment with. They were so good that he was able to sell his second aircraft to the Army Balloon Factory at Farnborough in 1911.   Geoffery de Havilland joined the Royal Flying Corps Special Reserve and worked as a test pilot at the Army Balloon Factory until June 1914. He then went to work for AIRCO Aircraft Manufacturing Co Ltd just before World War one. He helped design and produce a number of bombers, fighters and trainers that were used throughout the war. BSA took over AIRCO in 1919 but De Havilland bought out the Aviation part of the company and set up his own Aircraft firm known as the de Havilland Aircraft Company 

The post war success of De Havillands DH9A medium bomber followed by the famous Gypsy Moth and later the world famous DH82 Tiger Moth meant that the company got off to a successful start. De Havilland made a number of Civilian transport aircraft and racing machines like the Comet. One notable triumph was the four engined long range elegant Albatross airliner that was made of wood with a stressed skin construction. During the second world war the De Havilland produced that legend of an aircraft the twin engined Mosquito fighter pathfinder bomber. The last wartime design was the twin boom jet engined De Havilland Vampire. After the war De Havilland resumed production of passenger airliners like the Dove and the De Havilland Comet. In 1952 the later was the first ever fare paying jet engined passenger plane to enter service. The De Havilland Company was absorbed by the Hawker Siddeley Group in 1960. In 1977 Hawker Siddeley Ltd was nationalized and became part of British Aerospace (BAE) group. Sir Geoffrey de Havilland carried on working for the company until his death at the age of 82. A brilliant man. Add our site to your 'Favorites' list now!

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