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De Havilland 1910 / FE.1

 

dhfe1


The first aeroplane built by Geoffrey de Havilland in 1910. It crashed; but he built another, which was bought by H.M. Balloon Factory and earned him a job the as a draughtsman-test pilot. The Balloon Factory at Farnborough decided to buy the de Havilland No. 2 for £400. Being a pusher biplane like the Farman, de Havilland's aircraft was given the official designation F.E.1 (Farman Experimental No. 1). After quite a lot of flying it was wrecked, rebuilt with a Gnome instead of its original 45 hp de Havilland Iris engine and re-designated F.E.2. A successful fighter of 1916-17.

 

DH-FE1

 

Engine: 1 x Iris, 40 hp
Span: 33 ft 0 in
Loaded wt: 1100 lb
Speed: 37 mph
Seats: 1

 


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