Geoffrey De Havilland
Geoffrey De Havilland
Geoffrey De Havilland
  • Nationality: British
  • Date of Birth: July 27, 1882
  • Place of Birth: Buckingham, England
  • Date of Death: May 21, 1965
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Geoffrey De Havilland Aviator and Aircraft Designer

Geoffrey De Havilland constructed his first machine in 1909 without having seen an airplane in flight. He taught himself to fly through the process of trial and error. Since his early trials on the meadows at Seven Barrows, De Havilland designed more than fifty aircraft. Notable among these were the DH-2 fighter, and the DH-4 light bomber which saw worldwide service and played a major role in the establishment of the U.S. Air Mail.

He established the new De Havilland Company at Stag Lane near London in 1920. The DH-18 was the first of his designs intended to carry passengers. De Havilland became known for it's record setting racer designs.

De Havilland was responsible for the Mosquito light bomber used in World War II. In 1943, De Havilland built the Vampire fighter powered by a DH Goblin jet engine. De Havilland helped bring about the era of jet passenger flight with its first turbine powered aircraft, the Comet in 1949.

Flying was Geoffrey De Havilland's first love. He was still flying for sport in his 70's. From the beginning, he was the test pilot making the first flight of a new model.