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Cliff Bastow14/01/2017 13:16:06
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I am trying to find information on a D H Rapide that was flying in Cornwall sometime in the late 60's early 70's for a future model I plan to build.

It was the first aircraft I flew in as a kid. All I can remember is that it was a short fun flight somewhere in Cornwall and as I remember it the grass field was right on the cliff edge. I know that does not narrow it down much in Cornwall as nowhere is very far from the sea!

Now I know there is not a lot to go on but if anyone has any info, pics ect I would be very grateful.

thanks in advance Cliff.

Colin Carpenter14/01/2017 13:32:56
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Might have been Scillonian Airways out of Lands End airfield . Colin

Tim Tolhurst14/01/2017 13:54:48
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**LINK**

**LINK**

A couple for starters, theres a fair bit of info out there if you google carefully smiley

Denis Watkins14/01/2017 13:56:43
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http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?107765-Dragon-Rapides-Lands-end

flight114/01/2017 14:51:12
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I believe Classic air force run by Mike Collett had the rapide flying from newquay in recent yers was the same plane doing flights all nthose years ago ( G-AIDL ) . he's retired and now sold to clasic wings see here

hope it helps

Cliff Bastow14/01/2017 19:02:31
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Thanks all for the info, I will investigate further.

Colin the Scillionian Airways sounds very promising. I can remember going to lands end on one holiday and I think we only went to Cornwall once. I have looked into them a bit and it seems they had two Rapides at about the right time and I think I can remember there being two there.

Interestingly one of their aircraft G-AHAG is still flying and is in the same colors, so if I can find out which one we actually flew in, there is a good chance it is still airworthy!

Edited By Cliff Bastow on 14/01/2017 19:04:01

Edited By Cliff Bastow on 14/01/2017 19:05:24

Colin Carpenter14/01/2017 19:13:59
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Cliff - Oxford Diecast are bringing a new Rapide in Scillonian colours. Looks very nice for the sideboard!!! Col

Geoff Jackson14/01/2017 20:24:56
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Try the archives at Flypast, one of Key Publishing magazines. I believe the airfield was "St Just" back then or maybe a similar name. I flew to the Scillies on a BEA seaking in '71 from Penzance and a Rapide was still doing pleasure flights then from Lands End I believe.

John Privett14/01/2017 22:32:35
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Posted by flight1 on 14/01/2017 14:51:12:

I believe Classic air force run by Mike Collett had the rapide flying from newquay in recent yers was the same plane doing flights all nthose years ago ( G-AIDL ) . he's retired and now sold to clasic wings see here

hope it helps

G-AIDL was the Rapide I had a flight in from Biggin Hill over the City of London/Docklands some time in the mid-80s.

At Biggin Hill

Bill_B16/01/2017 14:46:29
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Hi Cliff, here are some photos I took of Rapide G-AIYR at Penzance aerodrome in the summer of '78

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Dragon Rapide

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Cliff 195916/01/2017 20:44:34
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Hi Cliff,

I flew from a rough field at Land's End in 1975 in a Rapide, it was about £2 for a 10 minute flight out over the sea, around the Longships lighthouse and back again. I sat in the seat right at the back which looked directly down between the other seats to the pilot who wore a blue suit if I remember correctly. I think the plane was mostly maroon in colour. I may have a picture, I'll look tomorrow for you.

Edited By Cliff 1959 on 16/01/2017 20:45:17

Cliff Bastow16/01/2017 21:53:20
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Hi Cliff,

That sounds very similar to my memories, I remember much of the flight was over the sea, and I have vague recollections of a lighthouse. A picture would be great if possible.

I am going to see my parents on Wednesday and I know they used to have a photo taken after the flight, so I will ask if they still have it.

Thanks Cliff.

cymaz17/01/2017 06:33:25
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This is might help

cymaz17/01/2017 06:33:26
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This is might help

Cliff 195917/01/2017 20:38:12
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Hi Cliff, as promised photo's from the album, the plane was G-AIYR. The Cessna in the picture is G-BAAL, and was owned by a VIvian Bellamy of St Just and, according to the CAA records is still going and resides in the Gambia.

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