de Havilland Ghost (V8)

The de Havilland Ghost was a British V-8 aero engine that first ran in 1928.

Type Air-cooled V-8 piston engine
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer de Havilland
First run 1928
Major applications de Havilland Hawk Moth
Developed from ADC Cirrus

Design and development

Designed by Geoffrey de Havilland the 'Ghost' was developed from the ADC Cirrus aero engine by using two banks of four cylinders. This appeared at first to be a retrograde step as the Cirrus was itself developed from the Renault 80 hp V8 engine however with the improved Cirrus cylinders the Ghost developed over twice the power of the French engine for a lower weight. Another difference from the Renault was the use of a propeller reduction gear, the Ghost's sole known aircraft application was the prototype de Havilland Hawk Moth high-wing cabin monoplane.[1]

Specifications (Ghost)

General characteristics


  • Valvetrain: One inlet and one exhaust valve per cylinder
  • Fuel system: Carburettor
  • Fuel type: 74 octane petrol
  • Cooling system: Air-cooled
  • Reduction gear: Spur geared, right hand tractor


See also

Related development

Related lists



  1. Lumsden 2003, p. 137.


  • Lumsden, Alec. British Piston Engines and their Aircraft. Marlborough, Wiltshire: Airlife Publishing, 2003. ISBN 1-85310-294-6.
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