de Havilland Dove

The De Havilland Dove [Known as the Devon in the IAF] was inducted into Naval Aviation in 1965. Two aircraft were procured from the IAF and numbered IN-124 and IN-125. These were intially procured to replace the Sealands in INAS550 which were being phased out.  The decision to operate the Dove was made easier by the fact that the Sealand and the Dove essentially share the same type of engine - the inverted inline Gypsy Queen engine.

The first Dove arrived on 8 May 1965, followed by the second a few days later. The service life of the Dove is not known much. It is assumed that the aircraft served with INAS550 for sometime and was later retired.