de Havilland DH 125

In the late 1950's de Havilland Aircraft Co. were considering the replacement for its highly respected Dove aircraft. At the time there was widespread use of jet aircraft by airlines throughout the world and de Havilland desired an executive aircraft to complete with this. A list of 'must have' features was drawn up. Crusing speed would have to be at least around the 500mph range. Be able to carry 8 people and their luggage, non-stop between any two capitals or major industrial areas within Western Europe. The need to be able to be accommodated by any airfield currently able to accept executive aircraft meant that performance and ground handling would be such that even small airfields wouldn't find the aircraft a problem. In April 1961 de Havilland, who became part of Hawker Siddeley Aviation in 1960, announced to the world that they were intending to build a new pure jet aircraft, which was going to be called the DH125 Jet Dragon.

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