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    Er, Al, that's not the De Havilland watches I was talking about - close but definitely no cigar...

    http://www.dehavilland-watches.com/

    They advertise in various pilots' magazines. I'm posting it in NSN out of respect for one of our greatest aircraft manufacturers who brought us the "Wooden Wonder"...



    ...and whose fuel gauge was the inspiration for the Bremont ALT-1C...



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    Lovely old things De Havillands, first aircraft I ever flew in was a DHC-1 (Chipmunk) out of RAF Manston, a long time ago.

    I have a few hours in this one which I am hoping to increase next year (you can recognise the Mosquito's tail in the Chippy's design)...



    ...overhead Brighton Marina...



    I spent a lot of time when I was younger with my grandparents in Stag Lane, Edgware, the home of De Havilland before they moved to Hatfield. Amy Johnson learnt to fly at Stag Lane, at the De Havilland School of Flying. They recalled how when the house was built back in the '30s, the aircraft used to taxi up to the bottom of the garden to turn round. Sadly it's all gone now - just another housing estate.

    Good to see one of the owners of De Havilland watches flies a Tiger Moth.

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    Thanks Jon', I thought I'd seen De Havilland watches before somewhere.

    My second fave DeH is the Dragon Rapide. Not sure why this bus of the sky should tickle my fancy, but there we are...





    My number one DeHav? It has to be this - non-mil - but then again, I'm a transport guy at heart! Disasterous 'plane, I'm afraid. but then I'm a sucker for failure. The first plane I ever flew in was a Dan Air Comet, I believe.



    Actually, come to think of it - it is mil - the Nimrods use the same airframe!

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    The DH 89 Rapide is one of my favourites too, I flew in this one out of Shoreham last year...



    There are two, including this one, now based at Goodwood for pleasure flights - a good excuse for a GTG? Goodwood is sort of half way-ish between London and Bristol if you squint? Lunch at the Kennels again, like we did at the Festival of Speed?

    Here's a photo of one in RAF livery, they were called the Dominie...



    Beautiful lines on the Comet.

    What do you think of the real De Havilland watches?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StampeSV4 View Post
    The DH 89 Rapide is one of my favourites too, I flew in this one out of Shoreham last year...



    There are two, including this one, now based at Goodwood for pleasure flights - a good excuse for a GTG? Goodwood is sort of half way-ish between London and Bristol if you squint? Lunch at the Kennels again, like we did at the Festival of Speed?

    Here's a photo of one in RAF livery, they were called the Dominie...



    Beautiful lines on the Comet.

    What do you think of the real De Havilland watches?

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    Sorry. Can't believe I didn't respond to this.

    1) Yes. Beautiful lines indeed on the Comet. Shame the Nimrod's nose messed that up!
    2) Rapides also flying out of Duxford - but nowhere near Brizzle!
    3) GTG at Goodwood excellent idea. Let's table at Bristol GTG - one at a time is more than enough to manage!
    4) I like the DeH watches. I'd remove the marker between the numbers on the countdown bezel. I'd also change the face - inner circle does nothing for me. And i might alter the hands. But apart from that...!

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    Your kidding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATG View Post
    Your kidding?

    As I said, Al. I'd change the dial, bezel and handset. But apart from that... the case looks useable, and an altimeter is always helpful for those times when i venture to the top of the Gherkin!

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