Shortly after, the de Havilland Engine Company was formed in early 1944, and with access to the original jet engine development of Sir Frank Whittle, planning led by Frank Halford began for a series of new turbine engine developments including the H.2 Ghost turbojet. The Ghost first ran on September 2, 1945. It followed and was more powerful than the Goblin, the first jet engine to pass the British military type approval tests.

The Ghost was the first turbojet engine approved in the Normal Category for civil transport operation by Great Britain's Air Registration Board. The Ghost 40 was the first pure jet engine to power a civil aircraft, the de Havilland D.H.106 Comet airliner.

This Ghost 48 Mk 1 was manufactured in 1956 under license by Gebr. Sulzer A.G. in Winterthur, Switzerland. It powered a de Havilland DH-112 Venom aircraft.

Display Status

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Object Details
Date 1956 Country of Origin Switzerland Type PROPULSION-Turbines (Jet) Designer De Havilland Engine Company, Ltd
Manufacturer Sulzer AG. Winterthur (De Havilland)
Physical Description Type: Turbojet Thrust: 22,462 N (5,050 lb) Compressor: Single-stage centrifugal Combustor: 10 straight-through-flow chambers Turbine: Single-stage axial Weight: 962 kg (2,120 lb) Dimensions 3-D: 223.5 × 147.3 × 159.7cm, 961.6kg (7 ft. 4 in. × 4 ft. 10 in. × 5 ft. 2 7/8 in., 2120lb.)
Materials Non-magnetic white metal
Ferrous Alloy
Unidentified coating
Adhesive sticker
red plastic caps
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