Aeroplane Monthly 1983-01
P.Badre - Les Cometes
The same aircraft, as G-ACSR, at Mildenhall in October 1934 on the eve of the Mac Robertson Race.
Hugh Buckingham leaving Croydon for Le Bourget in Comet F-ANPY on April 11, 1935.
Comet F-ANPY at Croydon on April 11, 1935, shortly before being delivered to France. Hugh Buckingham was the pilot with Martin Sharp, reporting for The Aeroplane, in the rear seat.
Comet G-ACSR, as F-ANPY, at Hatfield shortly before delivery to France in April 1935.
F-ANPY at Hatfield after modification by de Havillands for the French.
This view of the French Comet F-ANPY, taken at Hatfield, show the larger than standard engine air intakes.
The modified cockpit of Comet F-ANPY with the enormous French radio located behind the pilot's seat.
This Flight drawing clearly shows the layout of the Comet’s cockpit, and of some of the equipment carried during the flight. Both pilots wore Irvin seat-pack-type parachutes. There is a small luggage space behind the rear seat. The main fuel tanks (128 and 110 gallons) are in front of the pilot, and there is a 20 gallon tank aft.
The Flight drawing refers to Comet G-ACSS at the time it was flown by A. E. Clouston with journalist Victor Ricketts on the record England-Australia-New Zealand flight in March 1938. Rickett's typewriter can be seen in the same position as the French radio set.
Caudron C.640 Typhon YR-ADD, delivered to Romania for the use of Prince Bibesco. Designed by Otfinovsky, the similarity between the C.640 and the D.H.88 Comet is marked. The designer told the author that he was influenced by the design of the Comet. This photograph was taken at Croydon.