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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 The remaining three DH.18s were withdrawn from circulation and scrapped in 1923.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.
|Takeoff mass||3228 kg|
|Engines||a 12-cylinder Y-engine Napier Lion with 450 PS (approx. 330 kW )|