de Havilland D.H.88 Comet

Racing Aircraft

de Havilland D.H.88 Comet © Frank C. Duarte Jr.
Photo ©: Frank C. Duarte Jr. (Photos at
The de Havilland D.H.88 Comet is a twin-engined two-seat racing aircraft produced by the British manufacturer de Havilland Aircraft Company.
The D.H.88 Comet was especially designed for the MacRobertson Trophy Air Race (Victorian Centenary Air Race), route: RAF Mildenhall (England) to Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne (Australia) in October 1934. The D.H.88 Comet ?Grosvenor House? won the race. Two of the five built Comet are still in existence.
Propulsion1 Piston Engine
Engine Modelde Havilland Gipsy Six R
Engine Power172 kW230 hp
Speed382 km/h206 kts
  237 mph
Service Ceiling5.791 m19.000 ft
Rate of climb366 m/min1200 ft/min
Range4.708 km2.542 NM
2.925 mi.
Empty Weight1.288 kg2.840 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight2.413 kg5.320 lbs
Wing Span13,41 m43 ft 12 in
Wing Area19,7 m212 ft
Length8,84 m29 ft 0 in
Height3,05 m10 ft 0 in
First Flight08.09.1934
Production Statusout of production
Total Production5
Data for (Version)de Havilland D.H.88 Comet

[Photo-ID: 7196] Karsten Palt 2013-05-19
de Havilland DH 88 Comet, , G-ACSS, c/n 1996, Karsten Palt, 2013de Havilland
DH 88 Comet
Reg.: G-ACSS
c/n: 1996
winner of the MacRobertson Air Race 1934 as Grosvenor House
The Shuttleworth Collection [Old Warden Aerodrome Biggleswade]