de Havilland DH.91 Albatross: Wasn’t she Pretty? (II).

For such an elegant design the Albatross only real claim of fame was its ply-balsa-ply sandwich constructed fuselage, which was later made famous by the household Mosquito. Apart for that almost nothing to add. Originally conceived as mailplanes and later evolved into fast airliners they lived in a very British limbo. Superbly made and ultra-clean aerodynamically, the only seven built in 1937-39 came into a world utterly dominated by the down-to-earth and boringly effective Douglas DC-3. They didn’t have the shadow of a chance. War gave them a very modest military service life that ended soon after an accident (of this aircraft in particular) in 1943 due to structural problems.

The “Fortuna” (G-AFDK) flying the flag at home, Croydon Airport.

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