The five dollar coin of the de Havilland DH 86 is part of the collection of coins under the heading 'Flying Through Time'
which consists of five other designs. They were all struck in Sterling Silver. The
The DH 86 was developed in 1933 to meet a requirement by the Australian Government for a multi-engined aircraft to be used by Qantas to fly the Singapore to Australia route (Fleet Air Arm, 2000) . The DH 86 had four de Havilland Gipsy Six engines and had a wooden construction with a fabric covering. Its first flight was on 14th January 1934 which was less than four months after the project commenced. Only 62 were ever built and it appears they are now extinct. Qantas and Imperial Airways had a safety requirement that two pilots should be seated side-by-side so in August 1934 a prototype was introduced with a longer and wider nose to provide the necessary accommodation. The first 29 production examples were flown by Holyman Airways, Qantas(six), Imperial Airways (five), Jersey Airways (six), Misr Airwork, Egypt (four), Hillman's Airways (three) and Wrightways (one) (Aviastar, 2013) .
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