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DH-103 Hornet

DH-103 Hornet
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RR slimline
2 x 2,060 hp ea.
12,880 lbs.
20,900 lbs.
4 x 20 mm
2,000 lbs.
36 ft. 8 in.
45 ft.
330 mph
472 mph
4,000 fpm
35,000 feet
3,000 miles

The DH-103 Hornet was conceived during World War II as a single seat, twin engine, long range fighter aircraft, capable of defeating Japanese aircraft in the Pacific theatre.

The DH-103 Hornet was made primarily of wood for simplicity and so as not to consume strategic materials in its manufacture. It incorporated the most advanced streamlining techniques of the time in its construction in order to use its fuel capacity to the utmost efficiency. The wings were a thin laminar flow design, using both wood and metal, cemented together in their construction. The engines of the Hornet, made by Rolls Royce, were narrowed to further reduce drag.

When the DH-103 Hornet first flew in July of 1944, it was test piloted by Geoffrey de Havilland. It was found to have exceptional low speed handling characteristics and a wide flight envelope that made it among the world's fastest propeller driven aircraft.

Not long after its initial testing, it was decided that a navalized version of the DH-103 Hornet be produced. The aircraft would have folding wings, a stronger undercarriage, naval radar and radio, and a tail hook for aircraft carrier operations. Aircraft were produced in one and two seat versions. The latter as night fighters. They were operational from 1949 through 1951.

DH-103 Hornet aircraft were first deployed in 1946, too late to see action during World War II. They were the primary interceptor fighter aircraft flown over Great Britain until replaced by jet aircraft in 1951.

DH-103 Hornet aircraft saw action over Malaysia with the Far East Air Force, starting in early 1951. They proved effective against ground targets when armed with rockets and bombs. These aircraft flew through 1955.

A total of 383 DH-103 Hornet aircraft of all types were produced.

DH-103 Hornet
DH-103 Hornet

Pictured above is the DH-103 Hornet built from a kit from American Eagle. It has a 82" wingspan and is 60" long. For power it uses from .60 to .90 two stroke engines. Weight should be around 18 lbs.

DH-103 Hornet

That's Charlie Evans and Dan Stevens with their DH-103 Hornet. It was built from a kit by American Eagle and has a 108" wingspan. The radio control airplane is 83" long, powered by ZDZ 60 engines, and weighs 40 lbs.

DH-103 Hornet

The DH-103 Hornet built from a kit by Warbird Kits has a wingspan of 39" and can be powered by a pair of Speed 400 size motors. Weight, ready to fly, should be about 2 lbs.

DH-103 Hornet

John Ranson and his great looking and flying DH-103 Hornet. It is built from his own plans and has a wingspan of 8' 4". Power comes from a pair of electric motors. Weight of the radio control scale model airplane is around 26 lbs.

DH-103 Hornet

The DH-103 Hornet built from a kit for sale by Fliteskin Products has a 100" wingspan and can be powered by 1.20 to 1.60 two stroke engines.

There are plans from the AMA Plans Service for a 44" wingspan DH-103 Hornet. Plan no. 20475.

You can find DH-103 Hornet plans at the Air Age Store. They were drawn by Roy Day and build to a 58" wingspan with a 49" length. Power can come from geared Speed 600 size motors.

Bluebottle Squdron has a DH-103 Hornet kit with a 34" wingspan, intended for FF rubber power.  This type of kit has been converted to radio control electric power.

Their are 80" wingspan DH-103 Hornet plans on eBay.

Kit Cutters has a DH-103 Hornet kit. It has a 45" wingspan and is from Nexus Plans. Plans for the de Havilland Hornet are also for sale separately by Kit Cutters.

Quiet & Electric Flight International magazine has DH-103 Hornet plans. It has a 55" wingspan and is intended for electric motor power. Plan no. MW 3028.

Pete Wilson built a great looking DH-103 Hornet with a 66" wingspan that used Speed 700 motors for power. There do not seem to be any plans available for this model.

The December 1992 issue of Model Airplane news has plans for a 58" wingspan DH-103 Hornet.

Sparc Laser Cutting has a DH-103 Hornet kit. It is from Hart Plans and builds to a 80" wingspan. Recommended power are a pair of .53 - 4C engines.

If you need three view drawings to help you build a DH-103 Hornet, check out Aircraft Drawings.

AA Berry of Model Flying UK started a construction thread for a DH-103 Hornet.

At RCGroups electric-flyer started a construction thread for a DH-103 Hornet.

Matt Halton of RCGroups posted a description, pictures, and a video of a DH-103 Hornet.

At RCUniverse jimm had questions about the DH-103 Hornet.

Otto Kudrna at RCUniverse started a thread about his DH-103 Hornet project.

JGrc or RCUniverse is selling a DH-103 Hornet kit.

At RCGroups flyyyer was looking for DH-103 Hornet plans.

David Pardini aka Dan Parsons posted to RCUniverse about the DH-103 Hornet built from his own plans. It has a 90" wingspan and is powered by OS 1.08 engines.

At RCGroups philip noel posted plans and started a thread about constructing a DH-103 Hornet with a 45" wingspan.

At RCGroups Joshua Wesley started a thread about his father's DH-103 Hornet with a 51 1/2" wingspan.

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