Celebrating the World's Greatest Air Race - The Bremont DH-88
The Bremont 2016 Limited Edition celebrates the astonishing de Havilland DH-88 Comet, Grosvenor House, the aircraft that captured the world’s imagination with a phenomenal record-breaking flight in 1934. Fighting exhaustion and significant mechanical challenges, whilst barely stopping for over three days, two men in their pioneering British racing aircraft won the incredible air-race from England to Australia.
During the golden age of flight, the England to Australia record became the goal of many legendary aviators. The Smith brothers first completed the hazardous journey in 1919, taking 27 days and 20 hours. There would be many failures, but repeated attempts saw the time gradually reduced to just over seven days by 1934. The infamous MacRobertson Air Race aimed to, and succeeded in, shrinking that record further and in doing so, encourage the operation of a fast and safe commercial air route to Australia.
Constructed ensuring the durability and precision Bremont is renowned for, the timepieces also incorporate original spruce plywood from the undercarriage assembly of this winning aircraft. The aircraft’s story perfectly encapsulates the core values that inspire Bremont. A tremendous engineering achievement, the Comet completed an adventurous journey that secured its rightful place in aviation history. Through its own example of fine British craftsmanship, the Limited Edition Bremont DH-88, Bremont pays tribute to the Comet.
Find out more about the de Havilland DH-88 Comet 'Grosvenor House' and its ground-breaking journey to win the World's Greatest Air Race.
Read the pilot's notes to learn more
By collaborating with the Shuttleworth Trust, Bremont is supporting their charitable works and proceeds from the Bremont 2016 Limited Edition will help keep the Comet airborne. Based at Old Warden, the sleek red racing machine regularly thrills crowds at summer air displays, reminding spectators of its victorious participation in the world’s greatest air race.
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