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De Havilland 1




The first Geoffrey de Havilland aeroplane was a biplane built by de Havilland and F.T.Hearle in a shed near Newbury (Berks) in 1908-9. The airframe was American white pine, spruce and ash. The propeller had steel shafts with aluminium blades, and the airframe covered in undoped bleached cotton.
Flown (or hopped) on a racecourse there, it crashed; but he built another.
Engine: 45 hp Iris-built de Havilland 4-cyl horizontally opposed
Span: 36 ft 0 in / 10.97 m'
Length: 29' 0 in / 8,84 m
Height: approx. 9 ft 10 in / 3.00 m
Wing area: 408 sq.ft / 37.90 sq.m

Weight all up: 850 lb 386 kg



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