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