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DEVON C2 Cockpit

Volunteers Paul Young and the late Steve Lowry rotating the Devon C2 cockpit  over with the gantry to start restoring the base skins of the aircraft.  Image: Mark J. Cairns

Image: MARK J. CAIRNS

History of the de Havilland DH.104 Devon C2

The de Havilland DH.104 Devon C2 is a renowned aircraft that holds a significant place in aviation history. Developed in the 1940s, the Devon C2 was a twin-engine, low-wing monoplane used primarily as a military transport and communications aircraft. Its sleek design and versatility made it a popular choice for various aerial operations.

The Devon C2 played a vital role in both military and civilian applications. It served as a reliable transport aircraft, capable of carrying personnel, cargo, or a combination of both. Its spacious interior could accommodate up to eight passengers comfortably, making it an ideal choice for executive travel or aerial reconnaissance missions.

The Devon C2 found extensive use among several notable organisations. Military forces around the world, including the Royal Air Force and other international air arms, utilised the Devon C2 for various purposes.

 

Its adaptability and reliability made it a favoured aircraft among military transport and liaison squadrons. Additionally, civilian operators such as airlines, charter companies, and private owners embraced the Devon C2 for its performance and reliability.

Image: MARK J. CAIRNS

Devon C2 Cockpit Instrument Panel during its restoration in November 2020. Image: Mark J. Cairns

Image: MARK J. CAIRNS

One remarkable remnant of the de Havilland DH.104 Devon C2 can be found here at the Ulster Aviation Society. The Society proudly displays the Devon C2 Cockpit nose (a tour favourite, especially with children!) in hangar 2, which originated from VP957 of the RAF's 817 Squadron.

 

This preserved section of the aircraft serves as a fascinating testament to the Devon C2's legacy. Visitors can marvel at its iconic shape and gain insight into the cockpit's intricate controls, experiencing a glimpse of the aircraft's operational history.

The Ulster Aviation Society's Devon C2 Cockpit nose offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the craftsmanship and engineering excellence of the de Havilland DH.104 Devon C2.

 

As aviation enthusiasts explore the fully interactive exhibit, they can immerse themselves in the aircraft's rich history and understand the significance it held in military and civilian aviation operations. The preserved cockpit nose acts as a reminder of the Devon C2's enduring impact on the world of flight.

The Devon C2 Cockpit stands as a remarkable aircraft with a storied past. Its versatile nature allowed it to serve various roles, from military transport to executive travel.

 

It preserves a piece of this type's history and serves as a tangible reminder of the Devon C2's contribution to aviation through the decades and offers visitors an opportunity to explore its remarkable design and functionality.

Manufacturer: de Havilland

Model: DH.104 Devon C2

Registration: VP957 c/n 4208

UAS Location: Hangar 2


Length & Height: 39ft 4" x  13ft 4"

Wingspan: 57ft

Engines: 2 x Gipsy Queen
70-4 330hp

Max. Speed: 200mph @ 21,700ft

Cruise Speed: 165mph

Range: 1,175 miles

Ceiling: 21,700ft

Production: 1946 ~ 1967.
544 built

Served with: RAF Germany and 207 Sqn as a transport aircraft

History: Last flight to RAF Bishopcourt 04/07/1984 . Renumbered 8822M retired to fire dump. 1990 recovered by 817 ATC Sqn and partial restored was in the Belfast Lord Mayor's parade 1991 50th anniversary of the ATC. Over the next 16 years toured NI to assist with recruitment. Given to UAS in 2017.

RESTORATION TEAM 

The late Steve Lowry
John May
Paul Young
Mal Deeley
Peter Morrison
Ian Hendry
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