After the RAF evaluated G-ACSS in 1935 there were a lot of discussions about the usefulness of the type for the RAF. De Havilland pushed for a military order to recuperate some of the development costs of the type.

In 1936 the Air Ministry ordered 25 Comet PR Mk-I's as a long range photo reconnaissance aircraft. The Comet PR Mk-I was fitted with up-rated engines of 300hp each and had a single seat cockpit which was mounted slightly higher than the original cockpit providing the pilot a better view. Two camera's were fitted in the fuselage. No armament was fitted.

The more powerful engines provided for a better speed but also increased fuel consumption so the range was decreased. The first Comet PR Mk-I was delivered to the RAF in August 1938.

Although speed was higher than that of the original Comet, it was not enough to evade enemy fighters. The order for the Comets was cut down to 12 aircraft in 1939. They served in the RAF during 1940 carrying out flights over France and Germany but after 6 were shot down they were withdrawn from service and scrapped.

At one time the Japanese government expressed interest in the Comet PR Mk-I but nothing came of this.

De Havilland proposed a Mk-II version with Rolls Royce Peregrine engines as flown in the Westland Whirlwind but the RAF was not interested.


The model was made by Toad from Canada who generously allowed me to include it in my web site. Souce:


Last updated: 30/12/2007