Saturday, October 31, 2009

de Havilland DH.88 Comet

A new addition to the list of blogs I visit daily is James Kightly's Vintage Aeroplane Writer. I thought his photos of the spruce-clad racer some of the finest aircraft photos I've seen.

A quick search on "de Havilland DH.88 Comet" turned up a good wikipedia history of the plane. Three were developed specifically for the 1934 MacRobertson Air Race from England to Australia. Two finished, and the red one was the winner. Two of those are still in existence, and there are a couple replicas in progress.

The search also found some fantastic Movietone news coverage of the Air Race showing many of the race planes in flight as well as interviews with the pilots.

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