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De Havilland Comet

The D.H.106 Comet was the world’s first jet airliner,offering for a brief and glorioui moment – the fastest, most stylish passenger travel on the planet. Designed to appeal to a select clientele, it carried just passengers. The first jet passenger services, from London to Johannesburg and Colombo, were inaugurated by Comet 1s of BOAC in 1952. The heavier and longer-range Comet 1A followed, […]

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De Havilland D.H.88 Comet Racer

The D.H.88 Comet was a long-range racing aircraft designed specifically to win the 1934 MacRobertson race for Britain.This was the longest air race ever staged, requiring aircraft to fly 111,300 miles from Mildenhall, England, to Melbourne, Australia. De Havilland built three Comets for the race; the first made its initial test flight only six weeks before the event. The aircraft […]

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De Havilland Mosquito

Originally designed as a high-speed unarmed light bomber, the de Havilland D.H.98 Mosquito proved one of the most versatile aeroplanes of World War II, serving in a wide variety of roles, and excelling at each and every one. The Mosquito was built almost entirely of plywood, sparing the use of metals that were then in short supply. From the maiden flight of its […]

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AircoD.H.2

The D.H.2 was a compact, little fighting scout that served Britain’s Royal Flying Corps ( RFC) well in the fieree air battles over the Somme in 1916. Designed by Geoffrey de Havilland of the Aircraft Manufacturing Company (Airco). it was developed from the larger D.H.1. A pusher propeller was set behind the wings, leaving a free field of fire for the Lewis […]

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Airco D.H.4

Designed by Geoffrey dc Havilland, the Airco D.H.4 is regarded as the best single-engine day bomber of World War I. It outpaced all but the fastest German fighters and defended itself effectively; the pilot operated a fixed forward-firing Vickers gun and there was a moveable Lewis gun on the observer’s gun ring. The one major design drawback was the distance between […]

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Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2

A military two-seater, the B.E.2 had the misfortune to become one of the most maligned aircraft of World War I. Yet when the prototype first appeared, in February 1912, its performance was judged to be little short of impressive. The B.E.2 was designed by Geoffrey de Havilland at the Royal Aircraft Factory, Farnborough, to meet the newly formed Royal Flying Corps’ need […]

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The influence of war

From 1914 to 1918, World War I resulted in the transformation of aircraft from slow, frail vehicles into agile, capable fighting machines. The governments of the world began to see the military potential of air power, leading to tremendous progress, particularly in the fields of engine technology  and aerodynamics. Although Wright Aircraft had produced the first military airplanes in 1908, […]