Plane thought to have carried disgraced John Profumo to be auctioned
, 2022-11-25 15:02:00,
AEROPLANE parts stored near Swindon for several years will be auctioned off before Christmas.
Around 145 lots will be sold on November 30 from 10am, including the fuselage of a de Havilland that reportedly transported Prime Minister Anthony Eden and disgraced cabinet minister John Profumo in the 1950s.
Auctioneer Allen & Innocent in Cirencester has received fuselages, wings, tail fins, nose cones and propellor blades from full-sized de Havilland planes which had been stored in Cricklade.
The de Havilland Aircraft Company built aeroplanes between 1920 and 1963. Many of the lots concern the Dove short-haul propellor-driven airliner – which was developed in 1945 then manufactured 404 times over 20 years – and the Devon, its military counterpart of which 127 were made.
Most Doves were sold to commercial airlines for the transportation of between eight and 11 passengers. Today, only a handful of Doves or Devons are still flying.
If TV drama The Crown is to be believed, Prince Philip piloted a de Havilland Devon at least once.
Auctioneer Philip Allwood said: “de Havilland aircraft are an important part of our aviation heritage. We are hoping that museums, preservation groups or enthusiasts might restore them to their former glory – either as a static display or even taking to the skies again.”
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