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Duxford’s Handley Page Dart Herald 201

14 February 2021

52° 05′ 36″ N / 00º 07′ 44″ E

Handley Page Dart Herald 201 at the Imperial War Museum at IWM Duxford—©2018 Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

The Handley Page Herald (wait to get to the Dart Herald) was designed in the 1950s with piston engines and meant to replace the Douglas DC-3. Proven success and reliability over piston engines of the Rolls-Royce Dart turboprop engines demanded their installation on the Herald—voilá, the Dart Herald! This Dart Herald is a stretched version possessing an additional 4½ feet to carry 56 passengers instead of the original 47. Stability throughout all speed regimes and exhibiting a great degree of maneuverability with excellent STOL performance made this an attractive aircraft. However, the height of the vertical stabilizer could make ground handling a challenge at times. This airliner is in the colors of Air UK and, along with many others, is a possession of the Duxford Aviation Society’s British Airliner Collection, of which several aircraft are on display at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford (IWM–Duxford).

Handley Page Dart Herald 201 at the Imperial War Museum at IWM Duxford—©2018 Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

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