As a result of years of work put in locating spares, technical information and advice for the aircraft restoration project, Graham became regarded as knowledgeable on the type. He had made contact with many previous Rapide owners, operators and pilots all over the world.
Not only did the amount of technical information grow, but so did the details of numerous aircraft histories, the background to the many hundreds of operators and there started what was to become a very large photographic archive!
De Havilland's evolved into British Aerospace but Daryll Cott, the Hatfield photographer made available many old DH pictures - some never seen before - these, plus images from a myriad of other sources soon amassed to a collection of well over six thousand Rapide pictures!
Eventually this collecting reached the point where Graham was approached to write his first book: a title for transport publishers Ian Allan Ltd, Aircraft Illustrated Special: De Havilland DH89 Dragon Rapide!
Pictures came from all directions!
Above:from Mrs Victor Bruce came this delightful picture of her Air Dispatch DH84 and DH89 fleet.
Left: two machines, '701' and '702' for the Lithuanian Air Force - the date is around April 1937.
Far left: X7398 and X7386 of 2 Radio School, Yatesbury.