de Havilland DH.37

The de Havilland DH.37 was a British three-seat sporting biplane of the 1920s designed and built by de Havilland for Alan Samuel Butler.

Scale model of the DH.37A, G-EBDO, on display at the Shuttleworth Collection
Role Private biplane
Manufacturer De Havilland
First flight June 1922
Number built 2

Operational history

The first example was named Sylvia after Butler's sister.[1] It flew extensively for five years before being converted to a single-seater and having its engine upgraded to a 300 hp (220 kW) A.D.C. Nimbus. It crashed in June 1927.

The second aircraft was sold to Australia, and was flown by the Controller of Civil Aviation. Sold to the Guinea Gold Company in New Guinea, it was the first aircraft flown in that country. After a forced landing at Wau aerodrome in December 1937 it was put out of commission.[2]

Specifications (DH.37)

Data from De Havilland Aircraft since 1909[3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 2 passengers
  • Length: 28 ft 0 in (8.53 m)
  • Wingspan: 37 ft 0 in (11.28 m)
  • Wing area: 398 sq ft (37.0 m2)
  • Empty weight: 2,118 lb (961 kg)
  • Gross weight: 3,318 lb (1,505 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rolls-Royce Falcon III water-cooled V12 engine, 275 hp (205 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 122 mph (196 km/h, 106 kn)
  • Service ceiling: 21,000 ft (6,400 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,000 ft/min (5.1 m/s)



  1. Mr Alan Butler. Obituary, The Times, Wednesday, May 27, 1987; pg. 18; Issue 62779
  2. Lloyd Rhys, High Lights and Flights in New Guinea, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1942, p. 151.
  3. Jackson 1987, pp. 175, 178


  • Donald, David, ed. (1997). The Encyclopedia of World Aircraft. Prospero Books. p. 312. ISBN 1-85605-375-X. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  • Jackson, A. J. (1987). De Havilland Aircraft since 1909. London: Putnam. ISBN 0-85177-802-X.
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