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Does The Comet Still Fly?  
User currently offlineLehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 21
Posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1718 times:

Or did it suffer the same fate as the Tu-144?


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User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1987 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1683 times:

Alas, the DH Comet no longer flies. RAF Comet IV "Canopus," at Boscombe Down was the last of these graceful birds to fly; that was in 1997.

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Unlike the Tu-144, however, the Comet was not a commercial failure - though the ill-fated Series I was short-lived, lessons learned were applied to the Series IV (and to every other commercial jet transport for that matter), which enjoyed a fruitful career.



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User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6295 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1670 times:

The Nimrod still flies, doesn't it?


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User currently offlinePhxairfan From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 811 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1665 times:

Yeah the RAF still uses nimrods, not exactly comets in the purest sense, but comets.

User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13218 posts, RR: 77
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1633 times:

21 of the RAF's Nimrod's are undergoing a massive update, most of the wing is new, with BR715 engines replacing the Spey's, plus an all-new flight deck and avionic system. Other parts of the structure are being renewed too. Wingless Nimrod fuselages have been flown in AN-124's to BAE Systems plants for the work.
The project has run into big cost-overruns and delays, BAE Systems dropped a major subcontractor and carried on the work themselves.
It would have been cheaper and quicker to go for new airframes, not to mention a possible export potential.
The combination of the UK Goverments Treasury and BAE's horror at actually building aircraft that were not inherited from the old BAe soon stopped that idea in it's tracks.


User currently offlineTWA717_200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1598 times:

BR710's.

User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13218 posts, RR: 77
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1594 times:

My mistake, thanks for the clarification.


User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1584 times:


Hi!

Just to clear out a bit, the last commercial flight flown by a Comet was in late 80's with Dan-Air, I think it was a DHComet 4C, G-BDIX or BDIW, and it was a flypast over some english airports. Besides that indeed the A&AEE Comet the the very last Comet to fly, once again it was a DHComet 4C and that was not long time ago. I think there was group trying to preserve this plane in airworthy condition, that sounds lovely. Not really a Comet but with some Comet background and like some of our friends said we still have the Nimrod, well at least the wing can't renegate their origins right?
I nerver saw many Comet's but I think the last time I saw one landing at Lisbon was 1985, and that was from DanAir.


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13218 posts, RR: 77
Reply 8, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1583 times:

The last commercial Comet flight was as you describe, but it took place in 1980.

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