HISTORICAL MINIATURES BY GEORGE GRASSE
AIRCO de HAVILLAND DH-4 of the SWISS AIR FORCE 1920
by George Grasse
RODEN 1:48 SCALE PLASTIC KIT RO0422 OF THE AIRCO de HAVILLAND DH-4
AIRCO de HAVILLAND DH-4 PHOTO
|This photo appears in the book Die Flugzeuge der schweizerischen Fliegertruppe seit 1914 (The Aircraft of the Swiss Air Force Since 1914) by by Jakob Urech et al 1975 and appears on page 90 as DH-9A, which it is not. Swiss serial number records (immatrikulation) do not list any DH-4 as being accepted and serialized. So this is a mystery aircraft.
|AIRCO de HAVILLAND DH-4 3-VIEW DRAWING
|This three-view drawing was taken from the Harleyford book Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. The DH-4 was Britain's purpose-designed single-engined tactical bomber and revealed a problem with the separation of the crew in distant cockpits which was corrected in the DH-9 series.
28 February 2015
|INTERIOR FINISH AND DETAILS: The wood sheet covering extended to the end of the observer's cockpit, the remainder of the airframe being fabric covered except for a small section at the tail end. The wood was dark-colored. The frame work was slightly tinted for contrast. Note the distance between the flight crew which was a major short-coming of the DH-4's arrangement. For reasons not thoroughly explained, it was thought that the fuel tank had to be located right behind the pilot's seat. Balance had a lot to do with this arrangement but the pity the poor pilot who crash-landed with the weight of the fuel tank pushing him forward.