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DH.6 (Canadian: 72 )

Airco (pre de Havilland) DH 6

Airco DH.6

The Airco DH.6 was a British military trainer biplane used by the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War. Known by various nicknames, including the "Clutching Hand" and "Skyhook", many survived to be used as a civil light aircraft in the postwar era.

The DH.6 was specifically designed as a military trainer, at a time when it was usual for obsolete service types to be used in this role. Geoffrey de Havilland seems to have had two design criteria in mind. The first was that it should be inexpensive and easy to build, and above all, simple to repair after the mishaps common in training units. The top and bottom wings were square-cut and interchangeable, hence roundels often located in unusual positions. They were heavily cambered, and braced with cables rather than streamlined wires. On the original version of the type there was no stagger. Even the fin and rudder, on the prototype of the usual curved de Havilland outline, were cut square on production machines. The fuselage structure was a straight box with no attempt at refinement of outline " instructor and pupil sat in tandem on basketwork seats in a single cockpit, spartan even by the standards of the time. The standard engine was the readily available 90 hp (67 kW) RAF 1a. Because of its use in the B.E.2 the engine was familiar to RFC mechanics. No cowling was used, and upswept straight exhaust pipes were fitted. When stocks of the RAF 1a ran short, other engines were fitted, including the 80 hp (60 kW) Renault.

The second design criterion was that the new trainer should be relatively safe to fly, both for the student and his instructor. RFC instructors at the time referred to student pilots as "Huns" (the term normally applied to German airmen) and casualties at training schools were high. To improve safety the instructor could decouple the student's controls to avoid having to wrestle with him. The new trainer's flying characteristics were selected to achieve the desired safety. De Havilland had carried out extensive research into stability and control in aircraft while with the Royal Aircraft Factory, which helped in designing a safe but deliberately unstable aircraft. As a result, the DH.6 had very gentle flying characteristics and was probably the most "forgiving" aircraft of its time, allowing itself to be flown "crab wise" in improperly banked turns and able to maintain sustained flight at speeds as low as 30 miles per hour (48 km/h).

In fact, the DH.6 was described as "too safe" to make a good trainer, as its reaction to inexpert piloting was too gentle to prepare pilots for combat aircraft such as the Sopwith Camel, whose handling was unusually difficult even for the era. With its low power, strong construction and lack of streamlining, its maximum speed was very low. Wikipedia

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CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (70), Canadian Aircraft Losses (2)
last update: 2021-10-13 19:54:43

DH.6 C1381

s/n
 C1381

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1382

s/n
 C1382

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1383

s/n
 C1383

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1384

s/n
 C1384

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1385

s/n
 C1385

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1386

s/n
 C1386

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1387

s/n
 C1387

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1388

s/n
 C1388

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1389

s/n
 C1389

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1390

s/n
 C1390

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1391

s/n
 C1391

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1392

s/n
 C1392

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1393

s/n
 C1393

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1394

s/n
 C1394

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1395

s/n
 C1395

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1396

s/n
 C1396

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1397

s/n
 C1397

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1398

s/n
 C1398

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1399

s/n
 C1399

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1400

s/n
 C1400

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1401

s/n
 C1401

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1402

s/n
 C1402

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1403

s/n
 C1403

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1404

s/n
 C1404

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1405

s/n
 C1405

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1406

s/n
 C1406

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1407

s/n
 C1407

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1408

s/n
 C1408

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1409

s/n
 C1409

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1410

s/n
 C1410

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1411

s/n
 C1411

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1412

s/n
 C1412

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1413

s/n
 C1413

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1414

s/n
 C1414

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1415

s/n
 C1415

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1416

s/n
 C1416

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1417

s/n
 C1417

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1418

s/n
 C1418

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1419

s/n
 C1419

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1420

s/n
 C1420

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1421

s/n
 C1421

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1422

s/n
 C1422

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1423

s/n
 C1423

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1424

s/n
 C1424

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1425

s/n
 C1425

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1426

s/n
 C1426

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1427

s/n
 C1427

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1428

s/n
 C1428

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1429

s/n
 C1429

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1430

s/n
 C1430

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1431

s/n
 C1431

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1432

s/n
 C1432

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1433

s/n
 C1433

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1434

s/n
 C1434

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1435

s/n
 C1435

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1436

s/n
 C1436

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1437

s/n
 C1437

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1438

s/n
 C1438

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1439

s/n
 C1439

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1440

s/n
 C1440

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1441

s/n
 C1441

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1442

s/n
 C1442

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1443

s/n
 C1443

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1444

s/n
 C1444

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1445

s/n
 C1445

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1446

s/n
 C1446

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1447

s/n
 C1447

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1448

s/n
 C1448

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1449

s/n
 C1449

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C1450

s/n
 C1450

Known Squadron Assignments:

Believed to be ordered from Canadian Aeroplanes, but order cancelled with end of war. This is reported in Robertson, 1987 edition, not reported elsewhere. last update: 2024-February-19

DH.6 C5172

s/n
 C5172

Known Squadron Assignments: ;156

last update: 2024-February-19
1918-September-06 MIA RAF Second-Lieutenant Morley Roy Shier 2023-06-21

DH.6 C7890

s/n
 C7890

Known Squadron Assignments: ;242

last update: 2024-February-19
1918-September-13 KIFA RAF Second-Lieutenant Roy Theodore Stewart 2023-06-21

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