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deHavilland DH.88 Comet

17.0k F104Deathtrap  2.5 years ago

CHAPTER 3 OF THE GOLDEN AGE OF FLIGHT SERIES

"Black Magic"

Controls

AG1 / AG2: Engine 1 / 2
AG8: External Lights
VTOL Slider Down: Deploy Flaps/Airbrakes
VTOL Slider Up: Pitch Trim Down (BE CAREFUL)

Cruise speed: At 75% throttle the plane will accelerate to ~220mph and slowly climb to 4200 feet before leveling itself off

Landing: Use 20% throttle and full flaps. Landing gear is soft, so use a shallow glide path and keep the nose level for touchdown


Background

The DH.88 was designed and built from the ground up for a single purpose: to win the 1934 air race from England to Australia. Powered by two inline 6 cylinder engines, the Comet had a respectable top speed of 237mph but what set her apart from the pack was her range. The Dh.88 could fly almost 3,000 miles without refueling, 3 times her nearest competitor. This astounding range and performance were mainly due to chief engineer Arthur Hagg's sleek, efficient cantilever monplane design that called for most of the plane to be constructed of wood. It was this experience that lead to de Havillands next big breakthrough: the legendary DH.98 Mosquito.

Three Comets entered the 1934 MacRobertson Air Race. This model is the early favorite, "Black Magic." Sadly, she dropped out of the race after a series of unfortunate events over the Middle East. But both of her sister ships finished and the scarlet Grosvenor House took home the trophy for England.

I present this plane as the third chapter in my Golden Age of Flight series about aviation between the world wars. Please check out the other chapters below.

The Curtiss JN4D "Jenny" and Jenny 400 Mobile

Supermarine S.6

Spotlights

General Characteristics

  • Successors 4 airplane(s) +28 bonus
  • This plane has been featured
  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 47.5ft (14.5m)
  • Length 30.6ft (9.3m)
  • Height 13.3ft (4.1m)
  • Empty Weight 441lbs (200kg)
  • Loaded Weight 8,171lbs (3,706kg)

Performance

  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.489
  • Wing Loading 8.4lbs/ft2 (41.3kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 967.2ft2 (89.9m2)
  • Drag Points 8041

Parts

  • Number of Parts 483
  • Control Surfaces 11
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    @Skov07 glad to help

    17 days ago
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    1,544 Skov07

    @F104Deathtrap thanks man!

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    @Skov07 Click here

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    1,544 Skov07

    @F104Deathtrap whats the mod, I have a pc

    18 days ago
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    @Skov07 There's a mod that let's you use screenshots, but it's only for PC

    18 days ago
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    1,544 Skov07

    also, how do you put your custom screenshot like that

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    1,544 Skov07

    @F104Deathtrap of course man keep up the good work!

    +1 18 days ago
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    @Skov07 That really made my day, thanks for telling me!

    18 days ago
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    1,544 Skov07

    I've had this plane downloaded for 1.5 years and its still one of my favorite places to fly!

    +1 19 days ago
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    1,008 Nightgems

    Okay @F104Deathtrap

    2 months ago
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    @Nightgems Let me know when you do

    2 months ago
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    1,008 Nightgems

    I’m made one too! I’ll upload it to my account soon!

    +1 2 months ago
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    @DEVINBOSS I'm pleased you like it! Back when I made this, I was trying to get people interested in planes from the 1920's and 30's. Anyway, cheers

    6 months ago
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    393 DEVINBOSS

    Downloaded this plane like 5 months ago and didn’t know how to fly it but now that I understand this thing is awsome! So easy to land as well. You earned an upvote :)

    +1 6 months ago
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    @Fighterjester I'm pleased you like it

    7 months ago
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    real nice, can even land on one engine!

    7 months ago
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    3,342 Star737

    FS2004

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    25.6k Typhoon03

    BRILLIANT! Well done.

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    115k MAHADI

    @F104Deathtrap np!

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    @MAHADI Hey, thanks

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    115k MAHADI

    AMAZING!

    2.0 years ago
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    @dsr1aviation Thanks! It took forever.

    2.1 years ago
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    8,412 dsr1aviation

    Wow just wow! Great detail and I love the writing.

    2.1 years ago
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    Marvellous. How long does such a professional build take you?

    2.1 years ago
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    @F104Deathtrap np

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