Intended as the ultimate development of the De Havilland Dragon / Dragon Rapide / Dragonfly Series, the DH92 Dolphin was a Dragon Rapide with a fully retractable undercarriage and dual controls.
The DH92 Dolphin had a DH 86A-style nose to accommodate two crew side-by-side and increased span wings of unequal span.
It first appeared with the trousered fixed undercarriage of these earlier biplane transports but a retractable landing gear was fitted before its first flight, which took place on 9th September 1936. Geoffery de Havilland's log book describes the aircraft as being 'too heavy'.
It featured a DH86 style nose which gave it a 'Dragon-like' appearance although no photographs showing a complete view of the sole prototype (E-3 / G-AEMX) survives today.
Performance was disappointing, as the weight penalty associated with the various design changes was too high. As a result, the prototype was scrapped in December 1936.
|Powerplant||Two 204 hp Gipsy Six II|
|Span||50 ft 6 in|
|Maximum Weight||6,600 lb|
|Maximum Speed||161 mph estimated|
Nil. Sole prototype scrapped in December 1936.