The de Havilland DH-4: A Fast Light Bomber In WW1

America entered World War One on the 6th April 1917, and surprisingly, she did so without owning a single combat-worthy aircraft. Not only that, but the aircraft production industry in the US was also seriously under-prepared for war, and there were not even any American designs for combat aircraft on the drawing board.

The only answer that would allow for the rapid expansion of the air combat wing was to build aircraft that were already being produced in Europe, under licence. The selected candidates were the French Spad XIII, and the British designed R.A.F. S.E.5a, the Bristol F.2b and the de Havilland (Airco) D.H.4.

This replica de Havilland DH-4 is owned and operated by The Vintage Aviator Collection in New Zealand. The aircraft began life in the USA, making it an appropriately genuine American-built replica, and it was completed to airworthy status by T.V.A.L., upon it's arrival in New Zealand.

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