The Comet Racers Uncovered


I have just published The Comet Racers Uncovered, a 48-page book on the de Havilland DH.88 Comet racers.

The story of the iconic winner of the greatest air race ever at a pivotal moment in aviation history. It has never been fully told, those of its stablemates even less so. Only five de Havilland DH.88 Comets were ever built. With one restored to flying condition and another on the way, the ever-growing community of enthusiasts have, bit by bit, been unearthing the astonishing truth. This 48-page book focuses on the new, the arcane, and the cultural heritage of perhaps the most beautiful aeroplanes ever made. It is packed with facts and well illustrated with rare and informative photographs.
Copies are available from The link below should take you to the right page:
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Could you please post a scan of the contents page(s).

These are the section headings:

The Comet Breed
Amy Johnson’s Black Magic
The Lady in Red
The Mail Planes
The Lost Boomerang
Facts and Figures
Derivatives and Replicas
Copies and Models

The Comet Breed also covers the prevailing state of affairs and the Gipsy Six engines.

Amy Johnson was of course Mrs. Mollison at the time. Their G-ACSP Black Magic later became CS-AAJ Salazar, which she tried to buy back. Decades later it became G-ACSP once again.

The Lady in Red is G-ACSS Grosvenor House. It became K5084 and then G-ACSS again, in which guise it was both created and given much attention by Essex Aero, before being written off and eventually being re-registered yet again.

The first mail plane is G-ACSR. It went on to become F-ANPY and (as identified correctly here for the first time) in due course the military H608. The second was built as F-ANPZ, similarly redesignated H609.

G-ADEF was the short-lived Boomerang.

Five and a half pages of tabulated facts and figures.

Some eight projects, derivatives and replicas are described.

The copies and models represent much of the cultural heritage described in the book, from Art Deco icons to comic-book cameos.

The back cover comprises coloured three-view drawings of the many liveries and equipment variations. They are rather small, but it was the only way to fit it all in.

Much of the information and many photograph are rare, or hitherto published only in French or not at all.

Hope this helps.
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No more than the book deserves. Credit seriously earned in the making of too.

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