This utterly elegant airliner was a bigger derivative of the successful DH Dragon. Built in the second part of the 1930s, the four-engined Expresses had a turbulent live punctuated by crashes and acute design and estructural problems. If that was not enough, technically they were already obsolete from the cradle -the Americans were clearly ahead.
Very “colonial” poster of a QANTAS example (VH-USC). The bad showing of the DH.86’s down under opened the door to the American aviation invasion in that very Commonwealth arena.