SAerodrome - de Havilland Aviation Museum review part II


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It’s Aerodrome time again and in this latest edition, we head back to the de Havilland Aircraft Museum for the final instalment of our review feature. This time, we look at the history of the museum site, discover how the magnificent Mosquito was manufactured and view a rather poignant find from the depths of Loch Striven.


We also have a final photographic ‘museum walkaround’ to showcase some of the other aviation exhibits at Salisbury Hall.

John Symmons

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I used to live not far from the De-Havilland engine factory at Leavesden, Watford. Only a few minutes walk crossing the North Orbital road against my parents express wishes. My father taking me to several of their open days and I still rue that I never got to do a flip in the Dove and especially the Rapide's that did air flips for the day. I must have seem both the Mosquito and Hornet If they ever visited but to be honest I just don't remember. I do remember seeing the original Comet flying over Watford and the Comet 4 both doing test flights Also remember seeing many Venoms and Vampires visiting the works but alas no Vixens.


In 1960 the school arranged a visit to the Leavesden factory and I still have the small book that I received from that visit, it's dated September 1960, listing all the De-Havilland aircraft built fro the DH 1 through to the DH 113 Vampire Night Fighter. It also includes potted profiles of most of their post war aircraft like the Chipmunk, Otter, Beaver,through to the DH 121 Trident and their family of twin boom jets. it also includes the DH engines both jet and piston, and their rockets: propellers and missiles (Fire Streak) and their other operations world wide as of September 1960. So your articles on the De-Havilland Museum was of particular interest for me.


To me it was a pity that you couldn't include more on the Moth family of biplanes that were so good that many are still flying, and the Hornet, as like the Mosquito it is arguably one of the all-time most photogenic aircraft produced as well as the fastest standard production piston aircraft made. The last one being burnt for some jubilee in about 1956. Oh! The crimes they committed in ignorance with the British aviation heritage. Still I suppose we have to be thankful that there were people like Major Walter Goldsmith for rescuing the site and then having the foresight to preserve it as a museum for future generations.



Thanks again for two very interesting articals, and keep up the good work.

Remember we do this for fun                          John the Pom

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