On this day in 1965: Sir Geoffrey de Havilland died

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Sir Geoffrey de Havilland died 44 years ago today. Pictured is a De Havilland Mosquito on display at the RAF Museum, Hendon, London.

In 1942 Flight published a feature on the Mosquito in its “Aircraft types and their characteristics” series, in which the aircraft was described as the “RAF’s latest, and probably fastest, light reconnaissance- bomber.”

See today’s Flight Blog for Flight’s obituary on the late great aviation pioneer.

Also….the de Havilland Aircraft Centre recently celebrated its 50th anniversary making it the UK’s oldest heritage collection. 

“We prefer to say the first,” says chairman Philip Birtles, who celebrated the landmark with a visit from the centre’s Royal Petron, HRH The Duke of Gloucester.

The museum first opened on 15 May 1959 displaying the prototype DH98 Mosquito, a fitting exhibit is based at Salisbury Hall in London Colney where the “wooden wonder” was conceived and the prototypes were built. Series production took place at nearby Hatfield.

The museum, which now has three Mosquitoes along with other iconic DH aircraft and engine designs, is seeking funds to construct a permanent protection for its expanding collection and has lodged a Heritage Lottery Fund bid to assist with creating a Second World War experience named after famous RAF night fighter and DH test pilot, John Cunningham.

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One Response to On this day in 1965: Sir Geoffrey de Havilland died

  1. San Diego Wheelchair 15 August, 2010 at 4:37 am #

    I have visited the museum when I was in London. It’s a great place for everybody interested in vintage airplanes. And it’s handicapped friendly for us veterans.

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