Description 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).
  • 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

Airco DH-6