By R.E.G. Davies, Philip J. Birtles
For an advent and an summary of the worlds first creation advertisement airliner, this is often an stress-free publication. moreover, as along with his different volumes, Ron Davies deals the reader his useful standpoint, which in itself makes the publication hugely valuable. the most shortcoming, even if, is that, with an insignificant sixty five pages, the remedy of this type of striking topic is all to short. writer Davies offers a short assessment of numerous deserted British tasks for a long-range post-War advertisement airliner, an engaging topic of itself, although 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. possibly this books most powerful element is that Ron Davies devotes two-page spreads masking the airways that flew the Comet, from the 1A during the 4C, every one observed by way of an excellent colour representation by way of Mike Machat and a map displaying the routes flown by means of the kind (with the exception of Dan-Air London, the recognized constitution airline). in any case, Ron Davies balances the economic makes use of of the Comet with the Royal Air strength editions, from the 2R and 4C (Canopus) to many of the Nimrod versions.
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Extra info for De Havilland Comet. The Worlds First Jet Airliner
Comets were soon to be seen as far afield as Moscow and Tokyo. types and Boeing 707s, the Comets still con. tributed substantially to the fleet productiVity. This Comet served the Egyptian airline for 14 years. -L 'Ib:t= '. ,11, ',I . - u~J _ . . __ ftl,e _ "". . r: . H TO UQ:AMON . . . . _ _ • iii c a . ~. ••! ~~••••••• :,~~l I _ _ IS. ;, I I I-f- _ c . c1. 1:110'1_1:1 •• 'l~--- f Ir~~ ~ • • • DI 1l\5151iil' In January 1960 Middle East Airlines ordered four Comet 4Cs with an option on a fifth_ Operations were planned to start from the Beirut base in April 1961 to London, Frankfurt, Athens and Bombay, followed by a number of other European and Asian destinations.
4s from Lyneham. The first of these was XR395, seen on finals at Hatfield on Open Day, 1 July 1967. (RAE photo) Canopus This Comet 4C lvas e/laluated bjl the USAF Test Pilot School at EdJvards AFE, Calijomia, during tlJl Americau tour iu the SUIJ/iller of 1994. CANOPUS Length 118 ft. • Span 115 ft. • 101 seats • 503 mph Rolls·Royce Avon 525B (10,500 lb. thrust) x 4 • 162,000 lb. max. gross take-off weight • 2,590 miles range Comet 4C XS235 was built at Chester and made its first flight to Hatfield on 26 September 1963 where it was fitted out with racks in the cabin for the navigation equipment.
A. Comet but the aircraft were withdrawn in 1971, a sad ending to what would otherwise have been a sound commercial success. _. Middle East Airlines, based in Beirut, was a major Comet 4C operator; with a fleet of four new aircraft. OD-ADQ was the second aircraft delivered, and was one of three Comet 4Cs written off at Beirut by the Israelis in December 1968. -_ .... , ~r . ;;':->/ . " ~ / Comet 4Cs for Middle East Airlines Did (IN Reg. 68 at Beirut by Israelis. 68 at Beirut by Israelis. 68 at Beirut by Israelis.