MANUFACTURER(S): de Havilland - United Kingdom
OPERATORS: United Kingdom (abandoned)
LENGTH: 44.62 feet (13.6 meters)
WIDTH: 54.13 feet (16.5 meters)
HEIGHT: 12.47 feet (3.8 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 22,046 pounds (10,000 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 33,069 pounds (15,000 kilograms)
ENGINE: 2 x de havilland Halford H-1 turbojet engines of unknown thrust output.
SPEED (MAX): 445 miles-per-hour (716 kilometers-per-hour; 387 knots)
RANGE: 404 miles (650 kilometers; 351 nautical miles)
CEILING: 32,808 feet (10,000 meters; 6.21 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 2,500 feet-per-minute (762 meters-per-minute)
Detailing the development and operational history of the de Havilland Jet Mosquito Jet-Powered Fighter-Bomber Aircraft Project.
Entry last updated on 2/9/2018.
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The "Jet Mosquito" was a briefly-entertained conversion project of the classic de Havilland DH.98 "Mosquito" series fighter-bomber (detailed elsewhere on this site). The Mosquito excelled in various roles during World War 2 (1939-1945) and was produced in the thousands during, and after, the conflict. Its success only opened the aircraft to various proposed production types by the company, such was the over-battlefield potency of "The Wooden Wonder".
As the name suggests, the Jet Mosquito was to become a jet-powered development of the classic DH.98 offering. The airframe would have retained much of the form and function of the original save for slightly swept-back wing mainplanes. The original propeller-driven engines naturally gave way to underwing nacelles housing turbojet engines. The crew resided under a bubble-style canopy offering excellent forward vision. The tail unit would have incorporated a single vertical tail fin and low-set horizontal planes. A tail-dragger undercarriage arrangement was to be standard for ground-running.
Power was derived from 2 x de Havilland Halford H-1 (evolving into the "Goblin") series turbojet engines to which a maximum speed of 445 miles per hour was estimated. The Goblin powerplant went on to power several notable aircraft such as the Gloster Meteor and de Havilland Vampire aircraft. An internal bomb load of up to 2,000lb was projected.
The design, with paperwork appearing as early as mid-1942, did not progress beyond a few known drawings.
Some specifications on this page are estimated on the part of the author.
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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
This entry's maximum listed speed (445mph).
Graph average of 375 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units