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  De Havilland Comet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
That Geoffrey de Havilland, head of the de Havilland company, was on the committee and de Havilland were working on jet fighters for the RAF was not unrelated.
Comet 4C (Registration G-BDIW) in the colours of Dan-Air is on display at the Flugausstellung Leo Junior at Hermeskeil in Germany.
Comet 4C (Registration G-BDIX) in the colours of Dan-Air is on display at the Museum of Flight at East Lothian in Scotland.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/De_Havilland_Comet   (2168 words)

 De Havilland DH.88 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The de Havilland company stepped into the breach by offering to produce a limited run of 200 mph (320 km/h) racers if three were ordered by February, 1934.
In 1935, de Havilland suggested a high-speed bomber version of the DH.88 to the RAF, but the suggestion was rejected.
De Havillands managed to meet their challenging schedule and testing of the DH.88 began six weeks before the start date of the race.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/De_Havilland_DH.88   (1152 words)

 De Havilland Comet   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
The design was similar to other airliners except that four of the new, albeit underpowered, de Havilland Ghost 50 turbojet s were mounted within the wings, in pairs close to the fuselage.
All the extant Comets were either scrapped or modified and the program to produce a Comet 2 with more powerful Rolls-Royce Avon engines was put put on hold.
Although BOAC retired its Comet 4s from revenue service in 1965, other operators (of which Dan-Air was the largest and last) continued flying commercial passenger services with the planes until 1980.
www.serebella.com /encyclopedia/article-De_Havilland_Comet.html   (1365 words)

 de Havilland Comet 1A airplane pictures & aircraft photos - RAF Museums
Unfortunately several disasters were to befall the Comet; in 1952 and 1953 there were take-off accidents and a Comet broke up in a violent storm over India.
This was closely followed by a similar incident involving a Comet en route from Rome to Johannesburg, resulting in withdrawal of the Certificate of Airworthiness.
After further development of the type, the Comet 4 was used as an RAF transport aircraft and formed the basis of the design which later became the Nimrod.
www.rafmuseum.org.uk /de-havilland-comet-1a.htm   (184 words)

 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: De Havilland Comet   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Until 1920, Geoffrey de Havillands de Havilland Aircraft Company had been known as Airco, where he was owner and chief designer.
The BAE Systems (formerly Hawker-Siddeley) Nimrod maritime patrol aircraft is derived from the De Havilland Comet, the worlds first jet airliner.
The nose of BOAC Comet 1A G-ANAV is displayed at London's Science Museum, while the fuselage of Air France Comer 1A F-BGNX is preserved at the De Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre in Hertfordshire.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/De-Havilland-Comet   (558 words)

 De_Havilland_Comet   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
The first sign of a flaw in the Comet came on May 2, 1953 when a Comet crashed soon after take-off from Calcutta; further crashes (January and April 1954) with no clear cause led to the entire fleet being grounded for investigation.
Although the Comet was the first jet airliner in service, the interruption of commercial service and the damage to the aircraft's reputation caused by the Comet 1 fatigue failures meant that the jetliner market was dominated by Boeing, which flew the first prototype 707 in 1954, and Douglas, which launched the DC-8 program in 1955.
In addition it is notable that a Comet 4c in the Colours of Dan-Air is on display at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, England.
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 De Havilland Comet   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
The first commercial passenger jet was a prototype Comet 1 flew in July 1949.
The world's first jet flight was a BOAC Comet 1 from London to Johannesburg in 1952.
The first transatlantic commercial jet flight was from London to New York was made by a BOAC Comet 4 in October 1958.
www.flare.net /users/e9ee52a/Comet.htm   (164 words)

 De Havilland Aircraft Company
Geoffrey de Havilland, born in 1882, was in his late twenties in 1909.
In an era when boxy biplanes still were common, the Comet showed a highly streamlined form that foreshadowed the speedy fighter aircraft of a decade later.
De Havilland used the same construction in an early four-engine airliner, the Albatross, which flew in 1937.
www.centennialofflight.gov /essay/Aerospace/DeHavilland/Aero49.htm   (1339 words)

Its passenger capacity was 36--later increased to 44 in the Comet IA -- and its flight crew consisted of a pilot, copilot, flight engineer and navigator/radio operator.
After extensive examination of the wreckage of the downed Comets, it was determined that constant changes in pressure which occurred every time the Comet climbed or descended, had caused a structural failure in the fuselage.
De Havilland reinforced its existing Comets and, in 1958, introduced the all-new Comet 4 with a much stronger airframe.
www.allstar.fiu.edu /aero/DEHAVCOMET.htm   (480 words)

 Comet 4 Airlines de Havilland Comet
The loss of the three Comets in the Israeli attack came at a time when the Comets were beginning to loose their pecuniary advantage.
As elsewhere where Comets were introduced passenger demand was high and during the introductory period Mexicana and de Havilland were regularly achieving a utilization of more than 8 hrs a day with the two aeroplanes.
Gradually the remaining Comets were to be phased out and it was planned to have the withdrawal completed by April 1976 when they were to be replaced with Boeing 737s.
www.dlyoung.freeserve.co.uk /DH106/comet_4world3.htm   (4337 words)

 De Havilland Comet 4C, North East Aircraft Museum, Britain
The traditional story surrounding the Comet is that it was 'ahead of its time' and therefore it was unlucky in suffering from the 'unknown' problem of metal fatigue.
In 1946, the contract for the design of a jet airliner was awarded to De Havilland, with a finishing deadline of 1952, which was an almost impossible deadline.
In reality, De Havilland knew there could be problems with the plane's take-off performance - they were relying on the experience of pilots to over-ride this deficit.
www.neam.co.uk /comet.html   (1825 words)

 De havilland comet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
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www.sciencedaily.com /encyclopedia/de_havilland_comet   (188 words)

 de Havilland Comet - First Flight
This Comet was marked with the manufacture's Class B markings it was otherwise unpainted.
Crew: piloted by de Havilland Chief Test Pilot John Cunningham, John Wilson as co-pilot and the flight test observer was Tony Fairbrother.
It should be explained that the Comet was fitted with a dummy probe so that, for the test, the tanker's supply hose was empty.
www.dlyoung.freeserve.co.uk /DH106/comet_1f.htm   (1154 words)

 Comet Crash
The Comet 1 was powered by four 2,018 kg thrust de Havilland Ghost turbojets buried in the wing roots.
It took de Havilland four years before they reappeared as builders of jet aircraft and in the meantime Boeing, Douglas and Lockheed had overtaken them in design and had captured the bulk of the world's markets.
The death knell for the Comet on the prestige high density high speed routes was sounded only one month after the Comet 4 had started operations, by the introduction of the superlative Boeing 707 jet airliner.
judkins.customer.netspace.net.au /comet.htm   (511 words)

 De Havilland Comet R Mk 2   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
In 1958 two examples of the Comet R Mk 2 were delivered to 192 Sqn at RAF Watton who soon re-numbered to 51 Sqn and moved to RAF Wyton.
The Comet R Mk 2 was frequently deployed on ‘ferret’ sorties over the Barents Sea north of Norway, along the Baltic and even detached to Cyprus where it could easily monitor activity along the boarder of the Black Sea — an area of particular interest.
The Comet R Mk 2’s were eventually replaced by 3 Nimrod R1’s in 1974 and 3 R1’s are still in use by 51 Sqn at Waddington to this day.
www.spyflight.co.uk /comet.htm   (342 words)

 The De Havilland DH88 Comet - 1934
The DH88 Comet was born solely of the de Havilland company's patriotic determination to counter this threat and to build a winner, even at a financial loss to themselves.
De Havilland's were as good as their word, and the first Comet - G-ACSP - was flown at Hatfield by Hubert S.Broad, de Havilland's chief test pilot, on September 8th 1934, six weeks before the start of the race.
The three Comets were painted in distinctive colours - the Mollisons' G-ACSP Black Magic was fl and gold; Bernard Rubins' nameless G-ACSR was green and flown by Owen Cathcart Jones and Ken Waller; while G-ACSS, flown by C.W.A. Scott and Tom Campbell Black, was resplendent in red and white and named Grosvenor House.
www.pjcomputing.flyer.co.uk /comet/race.html   (1593 words)

 The Comet Campaign - History
The de Havilland Comet airliner first flew on the 27th of July 1949 in the hands of Group Captain John "Cat's Eyes" Cunningham.
The Comet was sold to the de Havilland Aircraft Museum Trust but plans to fly it to Hatfield, birthplace of the Comet, fell through.
The last flight of a Dan-Air Comet was in 1980 after which the only Comets to remain in service were with the RAF and the Development and Research Agency.
user.itl.net /~colonial/comet/history.html   (919 words)

 de Havilland DH106 Comet History
Another Comet was submerged in a huge water tank and was repeatedly pressurized to quickly simulate hundreds of flights.
The Comet design did live on into the next era though when the Comet 4 was used by the RAF as the airframe base of the Nimrod maritime reconnosance aircraft.
The Comet was never taken on in great numbers, due in part to it's early reputation, but mainly because those early setbacks allowed the competition time to to catch up.
www.dmflightsim.co.uk /dh106_comet_history.htm   (1223 words)

 Definition of de havilland comet
It was a development of the [[de Havilland Dove]], with a stretched fuselage and two more en...
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Despite this, de Havilland continued with the project, and by the late [[195...
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 De Havilland Comet Encyclopedia Article @ ArtQuilt.com (Art Quilt)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
When he first laid eyes on the plane that ushered in the commercial Jet Age, Jim Goodall didn't have much hope that the British de Havilland Comet -- the only...
Support from the Ministry of Transport was not forthcoming, and the project did not proceed.
The Comet 4 was heavily modified to become the Hawker-Siddeley Nimrod, a military aircraft.
www.artquilt.com /encyclopedia/De_Havilland_Comet   (1571 words)

 Canada's Air Force, History, The de Havilland Comet in RCAF Service
The two Comets, besides their role as VIP transport, were used for unscheduled domestic flights and for regular runs from Ottawa to Marville, France.
One Comet, number 5302, was sold on 30 July 1965 to a purchaser who hoped to put it in service as a VIP transport, cannibalizing 5301 for parts.
The Comet ushered in the age of the jet airliners, and the RCAF was there.
www.airforce.dnd.ca /hist/histarticles1_e.asp   (799 words)

 Aerospaceweb.org | Aircraft Museum - de Havilland Comet
Known as the D.H.106 Comet, the ailiner used four of the new de Havilland Ghost 50 turbojet engines mounted in the wing root leading edge of an otherwise fairly typical commercial airliner of the day.
All Comets then in service or under construction were either scrapped or modified with rounded-corner windows to correct the fatugue problem.
However, the four year hiatus in Comet operations had driven most prospective customers to the rival Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8 which soon claimed the bulk of the market.
www.aerospaceweb.org /aircraft/jetliner/comet   (1001 words)

 PBS - Chasing the Sun - DeHavilland Comet
When the first de Havilland Comet took off from London for Johannesburg on May 2, 1952, it seemed as if Britain had produced a nearly insurmountable lead in aircraft development.
The Comet's thin-skin exterior would become so stressed that high pressure cabin air would burst through the slightest fracture, ripping a large slice in the aircraft's wall.
Even though the Comet became the first jet airliner to fly nonstop between London and New York, its seemingly bright future was cut short.
www.pbs.org /kcet/chasingthesun/planes/comet.html   (481 words)

 Museum of Flight - De Havilland Comet 4C
The De Havilland Comet first flew in 1949 and was the world's first jet powered passenger airliner.
When it was retired from RAF service in 1975, it was sold to Dan Air London and registered as G-BDIX and flew with that independent airline until 1980.
When the aircraft was flown into East Fortune in 1981 it was the last Comet to fly in commercial colours.
www.rampantscotland.com /visit/blvisit_museum07.htm   (139 words)

 de havilland comet - Definition and Meaning of de havilland comet
de havilland comet - Definition and Meaning of de havilland comet
2: or comet where it is nearest to the sun [ant: [[aphelion]]...
2: or comet that is at the greatest distance from the sun
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 De Havilland Comet 4 BOAC colours classic aircraft
Below is an original postcard, titled 'De Havilland Comet 4 BOAC colours'.
To see the other old aircraft postcards, visit the image list here and check out the other classic jets and prop planes of the past, in addition to this one of the De Havilland Comet 4 BOAC colours.
The Comet was powered by 4 Rolls Royce Avon jet engines, and cruised at around 500 mph.
www.classic-wheels.co.uk /z_de_havilland_comet_4_boac_colours_classic_aircraft.htm   (330 words)

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