After voting in the £50 Note Zone, it’s time to tell the Bank of England what you think:
Sir Geoffrey de Havilland
Put me on the note because I designed aircraft that pushed the boundaries of what was considered possible, including the forerunner to all modern jet airliners; The Comet!
I was born in High Wycombe on the 27th of July 1882. I lived in many places including Rugby, Birmingham, and London. I died on the 21st of May 1965.
I've had many jobs in my life, many in design and engineering. I am best known for my work as an Aircraft Engineer and test pilot. A was also in the Royal Flying Corps Reserves and flew aircraft between Aberdeen adn the Firth of Forth protecting British shipping from German U-boats.
I am best known for designing the Mosquito multi-role combat aircraft; the fastest warplane in the world for 2 and 1/2 years with a speed of 425 mph at 30,000 feet! I also designed the world's first commercial jet airliner; the Comet. The Comet 4 operated the first trans-Atlantic Jet service on the 4th of October 1958.
One sentence about me: I am an Aircraft Engineer who designed the well known Mosquito multi-role combat aircraft during WW2 and the Comet jet-airliner after the war.
My name is Captain Sir Geoffrey de Hevilland, OM, CBE, AFC, RDI, FRAeS, and I am an English aviation pioneer and aerospace engineer.
I was born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire in July of 1882.
I went to the Crystal Palace School of Engineering from 1900 to 1903.
First I pursued a career in the automotive industry, building cars and motorcycles.
In 1909 I married and then almost immediately embarked on a new career of designing, building and flying aircraft, to which I devoted the rest of my life.
The D.H. 106, Comet 4, four Rolls Royce Avon engines, with wing tanks for longer range.
Cut-away image of the Comet Jet Airliner
Vote for me:
Please vote for me to be on the new £50 note.
and here on the Bank of England website:
My face and Mosquito aircraft on a Federated States of Micronesia postage stamp from 1994.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Determined, Innovator, and Pioneer.
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I designed the Mosquito multi-role combat aircraft for use during World War 2. It was the fastest combat aircraft for 2 and 1/2 years with a speed of 425 mph at 30,000 feet.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I saw Wilbur Wright (who with his brother invented, built and flew the worlds first successful airplane) demonstrate his aircraft at Le Mans in 1908 which inspired me to work in aviation.
Were you ever in trouble for anything?
Many people at the Air Ministry didn't like my stubbornness when I pushed for the Mosquito to be unarmed, but they forgave me when they witnessed the speed and agility demonstrated.
Tell us something people might not know about me?
My Grandfather lent me money to build my first aircraft allowing me to follow my passion for flight. Unfortunately I crashed the aircraft during it's first very short flight!
You may also remember me from...
My face and my Mosquito aircraft were on a postage stamp in 1994.
I'm being championed by:
Tom Smith, Project Design Engineer at IMI Truflo Marine.