Airco DH-6

Manufactured by the Aircraft Manufacturing Company, the DH-6 was designed by Geoffrey de Havilland as a trainer aircraft with stable flying characteristics that would be easy both to produce and to maintain. The DH-6 was a gentle aircraft to fly and was regarded as being almost too safe for a trainer because it could be flown with almost no regard to airspeed, could be recovered easily from a stall, was virtually impossible to spin. Its construction, ungraceful lines, and handling characteristics earned it a wide variety of nicknames - "crab", "clockwork mouse", "sky hook" (from its tall perpendicular exhaust pipes), "flying coffin" (from its rectangular plywood cockpit), and "dung hunter" (from the belief that its cockpit resembled an outside toilet).

Specifications:



Type:   Biplane elementary trainer
Entered service:   1916
Crew:   2
Wing span:   10.95 m
Length:   8.32 m
Weight (laden):   919 kg
Ceiling:   3,048 m
Endurance:   4 hrs
Speed:   106.2 km/h
Armament:   Nil