Back in the 1930s air racing was a hugely popular and romantic endeavor. de Havilland built several twin-engine race planes to fly from England to Australia. They three Comets sported different colors but were almost identical otherwise. Developed and built in an impossibly short 6 weeks, they were among 20 entrants. Two of the Comets finished the race, with the red one, "Grosvenor House," setting several records.
Later, de Havilland went on to use what it learned with the Comet program to build the Mosquito, an amazingly capable and beloved wooden twin-engine aircraft used by the RAF in WWII.
The LOOTM for October, the de Havilland DH 88 Comet. Enjoy!