de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide & Dominie

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Book Author(s)
Adrian M. Balch
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Softcover, 44pp, b&w + color photos, color profiles
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Warpaint Series No. 135
Provided by: Guideline Publications - Website: Visit Site
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This series has been around for many years, and they still continue to come out with new volumes, sometimes of little-covered subjects such as this one.

This is a softcover publication, with 44 pages in a nice, high-quality semi-gloss finish and a stiff outer cover. Publishing quality is first-rate, as is the content itself.

The first part of the text covers the development and use of the Dragon Rapide (Dominie being the militarized RAF version of essentially the same aircraft). This concludes with RAF operations before and during WW2, and covers British use up until the 1980s! Black and white photos accompany the text in sync with the discussion, and there are several color photos as the discussion turns to more recent times. Following this is a breakdown by country of all the military operators of the aircraft – and there are many! Here also there are some quite interesting photos accompanying the appropriate text. There are at least 12 pages devoted to this area, covering (at times briefly) from Australia to Yugoslavia. Finally, there are several pages describing the post-war use of the Rapide.

Following the text are still more pages of photos, this time showing details (primarily of post-war museum aircraft, but where the museum aircraft are lacking some period photos are used (think bomb racks on an Iranian War Ministry Dh.89!) Finally, to wrap things up, are 7 pages of color profiles (8 if you count the inner front cover). To me, this is the interesting part of books in this series, and this volume certainly does not disappoint. There are brightly colored civilian aircraft as well as illustrations of US, Spanish, Lithuanian, German (!) and many other operators.

I can highly recommend this book (and in fact the whole series). It is yet another well-researched volume, and provides a plethora of clear photos as well as several interesting and inspiring color profiles.

Thanks to Guideline for the review copy, and to IPMS/USA for allowing me to review it!


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