||Volume 4 Issue 02, 1971, Aircraft illustrated
NOT the least attraction of joining the Air Navigation and Trading Company Limited at Blackpool in 1952 was the varied assortment of aeroplanes that one could fly. Amongst the heterogeneous collection of aircraft operated by this company were the DH84 Dragons G-ACIT and G-ADDI.
Apart from being survivors from a bygone age, both of these machines were of historical interest. G-ACIT, a Dragon I, originally belonged to Capta in E. E. Presson of Highland Airways Ltd. Delivered in July 1933, it was the first Dragon that he bought and pioneered routes all over the north of Scotland; it also carried the first air mail regularly flown in the British Isles at ordinary letter rates. This machine served throughout the war with Scottish Airways ltd (as Highland Airways Ltd became) and truly earned itself a place in British aviation history. G.ADDI, a Dragon 2 operated by Channel Air Ferries Ltd, also saw wartime airline use, plying between Lands End and the Scilly Isles.
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