The DH88 Comet of 1934: Its present operating challenges and its contribution to British aviation

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Technical lecture
19 September 2018 18:45 - 20:15
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This is a joint event with the RAeS Weybridge.  Please note the earlier time.  Meet from 18:15 with the lecture commencing at 18:45.

Venue is Brooklands museum.  Entrance is via the Campbell Gate.  Please look at the map available via the 'Event Locations' tab accessible from the 'Farnborough & Guildford Area' page.
Entrance to the lecture is via a set of stairs.


The DH88 Comet Racer was built by DeHavilland in 1934 to compete in the ‘Great Air Race’ from England to Melbourne Australia.  Since winning that race the aircraft has had a somewhat chequered carrier suffering many mishaps resulting in varying periods of inactivity.  This presentation deals primarily with how the most recent return to service was de-risked by a mixture of historical research, and analysis, and the precautions/preparations taken to mitigate the risk of a broken aeroplane which now had to operate from a more limiting and somewhat bumpy grass runway.  If time permits, links will also be made to associated aspects such as the race navigation techniques and the influence the design may have had on following aircraft


Roger Dodge Bailey the nominated Chief Test Pilot for Cranfield Aerospace and is currently Chief Pilot for Shuttleworth and is also a Trustee.


Brooklands Museum
Brooklands Road
KT13 0QN
United Kingdom

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