The final chapter in the DH108 story was when the first aircraft (TG283) was lost in a crash at Hartley Wintney on 1st May 1950, and in which Squadron Leader Eric Genders was killed whilst attempting to abandon the aircraft.
Over 480 test flights were carried out by the 3 experimental DH108 aircraft and they were instrumental in the development of modern jet aircraft of both military and civil design.
They were the very epitome of an era when great advances were made through those brave men who were 'pushing the envelope' and the only way to prove a theory was to try it!
|Powerplant||One 3,738 lbst de Havilland Goblin 4|
|Span||39 ft 0 in|
|Maximum Weight||Typically tested at 8,800 – 8,900 lb|
|Maximum Speed||640 mph|
|Three only||TG283, TG306, VW120|
|Nil||All three aircraft were destroyed in accidents|