Airco DH.18

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Airco DH.18
de Havilland DH.18
Type: Airliner
Design country:

United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom


Aircraft Manufacturing Company

First flight:

Early 1920

Number of pieces:


The Airco DH.18 was a single-engine airliner produced by the British manufacturer Aircraft Manufacturing Company . It was the first aircraft that Geoffrey de Havilland designed for civil aviation from the very beginning.


The prototype, G-EARI, flew for the first time in early 1920. Three improved DH.18A machines were then used in regular service by the first British airline, Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited , which was owned by Airco founder George Holt Thomas .

AT & T ceased operations in 1921 and gave their three DH.18A to Instone Air Line , which acquired a fourth machine. This aircraft, registration G-EAWO, was chartered out to The Daimler Airway in 1922 , but already fell victim to a head-on collision with a Farman F.60 Goliath on the first flight for the new owner . The remaining three DH.18s were withdrawn from circulation and scrapped in 1923.


The DH.18 was a single-engine biplane with a wooden fuselage and fabric-covered wings. The open, single-seat cockpit was behind the closed cabin for eight passengers.

Technical specifications

De Havilland DH.18
Parameter Data
crew 1
Passengers 8th
length 11.89 m
span 15.62 m
Takeoff mass 3228 kg
Range 644 km
Engines a 12-cylinder Y-engine Napier Lion with 450  PS (approx. 330  kW )

See also

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