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90th Anniversary of UK's first internal Air Mail service

Captain Ted Fresson with a de Havilland Dragon
Ted Fresson giving his pre-flight address

De Havilland Dragon
De Havilland Dragon G-ACET

We are delighted to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Captain Fresson’s pioneering of the first internal Air Mail service in the UK, in collaboration with Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd. The Fresson Trust is excited to host the only remaining airworthy de Havilland Dragon which belonged to Highland Airways.


On 29th May 1934 Captain Fresson set off from Longman Aerodrome in Inverness bound for Orkney with the Royal Mail. On the week commencing Monday 27th May 2024, his faithful Dragon G-ACET will re-enact the route leaving Inverness Airport bound for Wick and Kirkwall airports. Whilst we recognise from history that weather did not stop Captain Fresson in his day, understandably 90 years on greater care is to be taken of his aeroplane and so the day of the flight will be decided nearer the time.


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May 14

Will there be an opportunity to see the Dragon on or about the 29th?

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