DH51 ‘Miss Kenya’

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This aircraft was air-freighted from Nairobi to Hatfield in 1965 and, later, was fully restored by Hawker Siddeley Aviation at Hawarden near Chester.

G-EBIR ‘Miss Kenya’ is so named as she was the first aircraft to fly in Kenya, where it remained in active service (as VP-KAA) for nearly forty years.

It was flown to Old Warden in 1972 and placed in the permanent care of the Shuttleworth Collection where it continues as the oldest de Havilland design still flying anywhere in the world.In 2011 the aeroplane was repainted for filming purposes to represent a DH9 operated by Aircraft Transport and Travel and subsequently appeared in several television productions.

film_use2 It appeared in an episode of ITV drama ‘Mr Selfridge‘ in 2015.

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