de Havilland DH-103 Hornet
Too late for WWII, the Hornet prototype
achieved a speed of 485 MPH, making it
possibly the fastest piston-engined
propeller-driven aircraft of all time. The
F.Mk.1 model entered production in 1944, and
the F.Mk.3 model in 1948.
The Hornet was powered by twin 2,030 HP
Rolls-Royce Merlins and armed with four 20
millimeter Hispano cannon, fitted under the
nose. Top speed of the production aircraft
was 472 MPH.
By 1950, the F.Mk.1 aircraft were
declared obsolete, but in 1951 most of
Fighter Command's F. Mk. 3 aircraft were
dispatched to Malaya for use by the Far East
Air Force to deal with the Communist
insurgency there. Their long endurance gave
them substantial loiter time over target
areas, and they extremely accurate in
cannon, bomb, and rocket strikes. Hornets -
the last RAF piston-engined fighters to see
operational service - were phased out in
Our Hornet kit was designed by Dave
Collins. It features fully-sheeted balsa
construction with a bolt-on wing and bolt-on
nacelles for easy access to the motors and
aileron servos. The kit includes the parts
necessary to build either an F.Mk.1 or
- Span: 39"
- Area: 296 sq. in.
- Weight: 30 - 32 oz
- Power: 2ea 6-volt Speed-400 brushed
motors with 6x3 or 6x4 props
- Power: 2ea Mega 16/15/6 brushless
with 7x5E APC props and 8-cell
Steve St. Martin built our de Havilland
Hornet prototype. Here's Steve's
report of the prototype's maiden flight
"The AUW unfinished is 27.5oz.
The SP-400's fly it well. Dives are fast
but much speed is lost on the pull up to the
verticals. Rolls were very scale-like. And,
loops large and straight with no aileron
Here's Steve and his
Note - the canopy included
in the kit is clear.
After flying the Hornet with 6 volt Speed
400 motors, Steve switched to /6 Mega
brushless motors. Here's the report:
"Just returned from the field.
Three flights on the Hornet. And all I can
say is WOW! What a diff using the /6 Megas.
All action stopped at the field on all
flights. Low level straffing runs after a
diving turn gave me an indication of what
the opposition saw from the ground.
Don't blame them for
"You have a winner here. Even
with the AUW at 34oz it was a dream. I have
never had a twin fly so 'rock'
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