never having seen an airplane in flight, Geoffrey De Havilland
in 1909 constructed his first machine and through trial and
error taught himself to fly. Since his early trials on the
meadows at Seven Barrows, the name of De Havilland has been
carried aloft by more than fifty aircraft. Notable among these
were the classic DH-2 fighter of World War I, 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, beginning the long line of DH
commercial and sport aircraft. The DH-18 was the first of his
designs intended from conception to carry passengers. Then came
the racers that established so many world records. Perhaps most
significant were the beautiful Moths, born in 1925, which
can rightfully claim to be the genesis for all light sport
aircraft, and today after 47 years may still be found flying
Flying was always the primary interest of Geoffrey De
Havilland, even to his use of the private airplane as the normal
mode of travel where others might use surface means. In his 70th
year, he was still flying for sport. From the very first, he was
the test pilot, always making the first flight of a new model.
His was the ultimate relationship between design and test
flying. He was the presiding genius and innovator who typically
gave credit to the team.
The great De Havilland triumph in World War II was the
magnificent Mosquito light bomber of novel design and the
fastest aircraft of its time. In 1943, De Havilland entered the
jet age with the Vampire fighter powered by a DH Goblin
jet engine. De Havilland led the world in entering the era of
jet passenger flight with its first turbine powered aircraft,
the Comet in 1949.
Sir Geoffrey De Havilland, the grand figure of British
aviation, died in 1965. The company he founded moved to
Canada and since produced some of the world's finest seaplanes.
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