de Havilland DH-88 Comet

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de Havilland Gipsy Six
2 x 225 hp. ea.
29 ft. 0 in.
44 ft. 0 in.
3,000 lbs.
5,500 lbs.
200 mph
235 mph
1,200 fpm
19,000 feet
1,925 miles

de Havilland DH-88 Comet
de Havilland DH-88 Comet

A de Havilland DH-88 Comet won the Maidenhall England to Melbourne Australia MacRobertson Trophy Race of 1934 with a time of just over 71 hours.

Its wings and fuselage were made of wood, and all the fuel was carried ahead of the cockpit to keep the wings thin.

The de Havilland DH-88 Comet was the first ever aircraft produced by de Havilland with retractable landing gear, variable pitched props, and landing flaps on the same aircraft.

A total of 64 aircraft from around the world were entered into the MacRobertson Trophy Race. Eventually twenty of them actually participated. Three of them were Comets.

Five de Havilland DH-88 Comet aircraft were built in all.

RC de Havilland DH-88 Comet

RC de Havilland DH-88 Comet

The RC de Havilland DH-88 Comet from Advanced Scale Models wingspan is 88 in. The fuselage is 59 in. long. Recommended power are .32 to .40 two cycle engines or .52 four cycle engines. If you prefer electric power, a pair of 36-30-3/1000 motors are recommended.

The RC de Havilland DH-88 Comet from ARD Enterprises is 1/5 scale with a wingspan of 96 in. and fuselage length of 65.5 in. Power can come from a pair of RCS 1.40 gas engines.  All up weight is approximately 24 lbs.

The RC de Havilland DH-88 Comet from Airborne has a 78 in. wingspan and a 54 in. length. For power you will need .35 to .40 engines. Its weigh should be around 11 lbs.

The Hirobo de Havilland RC DH-88 Comet has a 45 in. wingspan and a length of 29.5 in. Recommended power comes from Speed 380 type motors.

The HET-RC de Havilland DH-88 Comet’s wingspan is 43 in. Light ply and balsa are used in the construction. You can fly it with Speed 400 size motors.

The RC International de Havilland DH-88 Comet’s wingspan is 81 in. Fuselage length is 56 in. All fiberglass construction is used. Recommended are Mega 22/20/4 or geared Mega 22/20/2 motors. It weighs about 7 to 8 lbs.

The Airworld Modellbau de Havilland RC DH-88 Comet is of all fiberglass construction and includes retracts. Wingspan is 81 in., length is 41 in. and power comes from electric motors.

Both Galaxy Models and Cloud Models have a de Havilland RC DH-88 Comet kit for sale. The wings are sheeted foam and the fuselage is balsawood and plywood. Wingspan is 52 in. and weight is around 3 lbs. For power you will need Speed 400 type motors.

The Electric Aero Modeling (EAM) RC de Havilland DH-88 Comet’s wingspan is 42 in. and weight is about 29 oz. Speed 400 type motors are the recommended power source.