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DH Heron

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DH HERON DETAILS & FLEET LISTING
The de  Havilland DH.114 Heron was a small, propeller-driven British airliner  that first flew on 10 May 1950. It was a development of the twin-engine  de Havilland Dove, with a stretched fuselage and two more engines. One  hundred and fifty were built. Dan Air used just two of theses aircraft  and they flew extensively on the "Link City Network" Which  they were  particularly suited. They served a total of eight years with the  company, and in fact one (G-ANCI) was returned after just one year of  service. The version Dan Air operated was the Version Mk1b One of the  early models with fixed undercarriage. The deficiencies that the  aircraft displayed included the disproportionately heavy engines  weighing more than 800lbs each this was hampered further by the  relatively poor engine power with just 250hp from each of the Gypsy  Queen engines. The later models did have retractable undercarriage but  Dan Air's did not. This fixed undercarriage helped with easier  maintenance but hindered overall flying performance and fuel consumption  was a problem. The Herons in Dan Air's fleet seated 17 people in  relative comfort with a central aisle in a two abreast configuration.  Passengers found being able to stand upright and walk down the aisle  appealing and the oversized windows were an added bonus for viewing the  ground below. A further problem the type had was of balance. If  passengers seated at the aft section of the aircraft boarded and sat  down first; the aircraft was prone to tilt backwards and "sit" on its  rear skid. Engineers got around this problem by adding a brace to the  aircraft. Baggage was stored in an aft compartment with an additional  smaller area in the nose. Throughout  this section of the website we have endeavoured to find a photograph of  each individual aircraft. there are thumbnail images of all the  liveries the aircraft wore whilst with Dan Air, and in many cases, the  prior and subsequent liveries with other operators. The thumbnail images  can be enlarged by simply clicking on them.
G-AOZM
Type: Mk 1b

Serial Number: 14002

Entered Service : 29/04/63

Last Flown : 27/09/65

Obtained From : Itavia - through Keegan Aviation

Notes: Was named "Plymouth Flyer"
G-AOZM GALLERY
G-ANCI
Type: Mk 1b

Serial Number: 14043

Entered Service : June 1957

Last Flown : January 1958

Obtained From : Overseas Air Transport

G-ANCI GALLERY
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