De Havilland Comet. The Worlds First Jet Airliner by R.E.G. Davies, Philip J. Birtles

By R.E.G. Davies, Philip J. Birtles

For an advent and an outline of the worlds first construction advertisement airliner, this is often an stress-free booklet. furthermore, as along with his different volumes, Ron Davies deals the reader his sensible point of view, which in itself makes the e-book hugely beneficial. the most shortcoming, even if, is that, with an insignificant sixty five pages, the remedy of any such extraordinary topic is all to short. writer Davies provides a short review of numerous deserted British tasks for a long-range post-War advertisement airliner, an engaging topic of itself, notwithstanding he does forget the Saro Princess and the much more bold Saro V-tailed jet-powered flying boat. short assurance is afforded the layout of the airplane and the De Havilland Ghost turbojet that powered it. probably this books most powerful aspect is that Ron Davies devotes two-page spreads overlaying the airways that flew the Comet, from the 1A during the 4C, every one followed by means of a superb colour representation by means of Mike Machat and a map displaying the routes flown via the kind (with the exception of Dan-Air London, the recognized constitution airline). in any case, Ron Davies balances the industrial makes use of of the Comet with the Royal Air strength variations, from the 2R and 4C (Canopus) to some of the Nimrod versions.

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44 C/N Reg. A. Comet 4B BEA's Comet 4Bs were ideutified exterIlalry by the abseuce of Ivillg-moullted 'slipper tanks' for auxilimy fire!. Fuselage leugth was ideJltical to the Comet 4C Length 118 ft. • Span 108 ft. • 101 seats • 532 mph Rolls·Royce Avon 524 (10,500 lb. thrust) x 4 • 158,000 lb. max. gross take·off weight • 1,840 miles range British European Airways, the biggest intra-European airline, had seen Air France introduce the world's first short-haul jet airliner, the Caravel Ie, in 1958, and was anxious not to be left behind in technical leadership.

With the production Nimrods AEW3s entering the flight development period, XW626 was retired in August 1981, making its last flight to Bedford, where it was stored until it was scrapped in April 1994, when the airfield was about to close. 4s for 216 Squadron at Lyneham (IN Reg. 75 This was a Comet, with a Nimrod fin and rudder, and inevitably became known as the "Con rod. " The Comet provided a roomy long-range platform for a number of military uses. AC Comet 4 G-APOF was delivered to Farnborough as XV814 in October 1968 for communications development work.

It served briefly on a route to Miami, via Bogota, but operated for only a few months. Air Ceylon Colombo was a key staging point on the former British "Empire" routes to eastern Asia. C. between 30 March 1962 and 31 March 1971, operating a Comet route to London. C. Comet 4 for a short period in March 1961, to fly President Nkrumah to the United States. 53 The Biggest Fleet Dan-Air During the post-war period, from 1953 to the early 1960s, Dan-Air Services, of London, one of Britain's leading (non-state) independent airlines, had developed a mixed business of short-haul scheduled services, inclusive tour (IT) charters, and ad hoc freight and passenger work.

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