De Havilland’s Australian Air Races

Geoffrey de Havilland - Perth, Australia 1929Geoffrey de Havilland’s Australian aviation adventures may have been capped when his revolutionary DH88 Comet racing monoplane won the 1934 MacRobertson England to Australia air race, but this was just one of many successes that he and his aircraft had on the other side of the world. Continue reading “De Havilland’s Australian Air Races”

Amy Johnson’s de Havilland Aviation Adventures

Amy Johnson and James Allan Mollison 1932Amy Johnson achieved fame through her astonishing record-breaking flights, many completed in de Havilland aircraft. In 1934 de Havilland entered three DH88 Comets in the MacRobertson England to Australia air race. G-ACSP Black Magic was piloted by Amy and Jim Mollison, but pulled out with engine trouble. G-ACSS, Grosvenor House won the race and G-ACSR came in fourth. Continue reading “Amy Johnson’s de Havilland Aviation Adventures”

De Havilland’s Race to Australia and the Birth of the Mosquito

de Havilland Mosquito IVOne of Geoffrey de Havilland’s most important pre-war aircraft designs was the revolutionary DH88 Comet, a twin-engined racing monoplane that won the prestigious MacRobertson England to Australia air race in 1934. It was also the basis of the design for the ‘wooden wonder’, the RAF’s iconic Second World War bomber, the de Havilland Mosquito. Continue reading “De Havilland’s Race to Australia and the Birth of the Mosquito”