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 creation and an outline of the worlds first creation advertisement airliner, this can be an relaxing booklet. additionally, as along with his different volumes, Ron Davies bargains the reader his useful standpoint, which in itself makes the publication hugely priceless. the most shortcoming, besides the fact that, is that, with an insignificant sixty five pages, the therapy of the sort of extraordinary topic is all to short. writer Davies offers a short evaluate of numerous deserted British initiatives for a long-range post-War advertisement airliner, an enticing topic of itself, even though he does forget the Saro Princess and the much more formidable 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. possibly this books most powerful aspect is that Ron Davies devotes two-page spreads protecting the airways that flew the Comet, from the 1A during the 4C, every one observed via an outstanding colour representation through Mike Machat and a map displaying the routes flown through the sort (with the exception of Dan-Air London, the recognized constitution airline). after all, Ron Davies balances the economic makes use of of the Comet with the Royal Air strength variations, from the 2R and 4C (Canopus) to a few of the Nimrod versions.

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E Farnborough with the radio department, later acquiring a Nimrod fin and painted in a white, blue, and red scheme. It was retired from service at the end of 1992, and flown to Boscombe Down in January 1993 to provide spares for Comet 4C XS235 Canopus, the last flying Comet. When Canopus was withdrawn from service, XV814 was scrapped in August 1997, some of the parts going to Seattle to help in the restoration of the ex-Mexicana Comet 4C that is being restored for the Seattle Museum of Flight. C to Dan-Air when it was acquired by Farnborough as XX944 in March 1973.

70. 70 in wheels up landing during training An Impressive Record Between 1966 and 1980, the Comets carried more than 8 million passengers, mostly on IT flights, although the aircraft also operated some scheduled services. They were inexpensive to buy, and so could be operated at a low rate of utilization, without economic penalty. Even the fuel crisis of 1973 did not spell the end of the Comets. Although they burned twice as much fuel as the more modern types, such as the BAC One-Eleven, they had better range; and so Dan-Air could develop the growing winter market, to the Canary Islands, for exampie.

By pushing its 106th design beyond the frontiers of known aeronautical technology, de Havilland did sterling service for the aviation world, at a price that is immeasurable. That world learned a priceless lesson from de Havilland's unpredictable exposure to the inexorable consequences of metal fatigue in a critical engineering environment. And the lesson came at mimimal cost, at least for the rest of the world. But unfortunately there was no compensation at Hatfield. Picking Up the Pieces This drawing is a reconstruction of the pieces of G-ALYP that were salvaged, and illustrates the manner in which Professor Arnold Hall's team was able to solve the mystery.

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