Arthur Ernest Hagg

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Arthur Ernest Hagg
Born 1888
Died (1985-01-21)21 January 1985
Occupation Aircraft designer
Known for responsible for the designs of the de Havilland DH.88 Comet racer, Albatross, Express and Airspeed Ambassador airliners

Arthur Ernest Hagg (1888 to 21 January 1985[1]) was a British aircraft and boat designer.

He was born in Brighton and educated in Bournemouth. He started work for Airco in 1915, aged 27, and worked as a draftsman on the DH4 in 1916. He transferred to the de Havilland Aircraft company (Stag Lane) when it was created in 1920.[2][3]

At de Havilland he invented the differential ailerons used on the Tiger Moth and other de Havilland aircraft[4] eventually becoming chief designer. In this role he was responsible for the designs of the DH88 Comet racer and of the Albatross and the Express airliners.[1]

Hagg became interested in boat building and in early 1937 he resigned his position as director and chief designer at de Havilland to set up the Walton Yacht Works.[3] In November of that year he also became a consultant with D Napier and Son, Ltd., carrying out the preliminary design work on the Napier-Heston Racer, a wooden aircraft powered by a 2,450 horsepower (1,830 kW) Napier Sabre engine and designed to break the world airspeed record.[5][6] In January 1943 he joined Airspeed Ltd. as technical director and was responsible for the Airspeed Ambassador (BEA Elizabethan).[7][8] He retired in 1947.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Obituary". Flight International. 9 February 1985. p. 42. 
  2. ^ Bacon 1985, p. 55.
  3. ^ a b Flight. 4 March 1937. p. 207.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Flight. 25 October 1923. p. 654.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Flight. 15 April 1943. p. 388.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Flight. 30 September 1937. p. 338.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Flight. 7 January 1943. p. 6.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Bailey-Watson 1947, p. 309.
  9. ^ Flight. 27 October 1947. p. 567.  Missing or empty |title= (help)