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De Havilland DH 16



The end of World War I and the subsequent vast surplus of military aircraft was not a time for new civil designs to emerge. Instead, many conversions of military models were attempted, but the de Havilland D.H.16 was a redesign of the D.H.9A with a wider fuselage for four passengers. Following its first flight at Hendon in March 1919, the D.H.16 was sold to Aircraft Transport and Travel Ltd (AT&T), who used it for pleasure flying before it inaugurated a London-Paris service on 25 August 1919.

On September 2, 1919, Handley Page Transport Ltd, operating from Cricklewood, began flights between London and Paris, and to Brussels and Amsterdam.
Handley Page used converted O/400 bombers on the London-Paris, London-Brussels routes, and converted de Havilland 9s on th London-Amsterdam. The converted DH9s were designated DH.16s. The fuselage of the aircraft was rebuilt as a cabin with room for four passengers.



Total D.H.16 production was nine aircraft, all but one being used by AT&T. The sole exception was sold to a customer in Buenos Aires, where it operated a service to Montevideo. The first six D.H.16s were powered by the 239kW Rolls-Royce Eagle engines, the last three having Napier Lions.
AT&T closed in December 1920 and its seven remaining D.H.16s (one had been lost in a crash) were stored. Five were broken up in 1922 and two sold for newspaper delivery flights; one of these was lost in a fatal crash in 1923, and the remaining aircraft was subsequently withdrawn and scrapped.



Engine: Rolls-Royce Eagle, 325 hp.
Speed: 95 mph.
Pax cap: 4.

Engine: 1 x Napier Lion inline piston engine, 336kW
Take-off weight: 2155 kg / 4751 lb
Empty weight: 1431 kg / 3155 lb
Wingspan: 14.17 m / 46 ft 6 in
Length: 9.68 m / 31 ft 9 in
Height: 3.45 m / 11 ft 4 in
Wing area: 45.5 sq.m  / 489.76 sq ft
Max. speed: 219 km/h / 136 mph
Cruise speed: 161 km/h / 100 mph
Ceiling: 6400 m / 21000 ft
Range: 684 km / 425 miles



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