rootsair
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Any DH-comets Still Out There?

Fri Feb 11, 2005 11:49 pm

Hi everyone


Would it be possible for someone to tell me if there is still a De Havilland comet flying around. I guess no more airline uses it, so even if its for military purpose it counts. Thanks

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northstardc4m
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RE: Any DH-comets Still Out There?

Fri Feb 11, 2005 11:56 pm

I dont believe there are any true Comets left.

However there are still similar looking Nimrods in RAF service.
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jcavinato
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RE: Any DH-comets Still Out There?

Sat Feb 12, 2005 12:07 am

There was one at O'Hare (ORD) until two or three years ago. No clue as to where it went.
 
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RE: Any DH-comets Still Out There?

Sat Feb 12, 2005 12:12 am

There are remanufactured Nimrods coming off the line as we speak...

New wings, engines, and systems I believe....

http://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/nimrod/
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SATL382G
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RE: Any DH-comets Still Out There?

Sat Feb 12, 2005 12:20 am

I've heard rumors over the years that this Comet might be made airworthy for a one time flight to Boeing field. Same goes for their 727 BTW.

http://www.museumofflight.org/collections/craftdisplay.html?ID=40
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hirisk
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RE: Any DH-comets Still Out There?

Sat Feb 12, 2005 12:39 am

bit off topic,but there is and old caravelle parked at CVG.you can even walk thru it if you call ahead to make reservations w/ the fire dept.


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Spike
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RE: Any DH-comets Still Out There?

Sat Feb 12, 2005 12:53 am

1960s Jaguar cars are all over the place. Why not remanufacturered 727s, VC-10s and BAC1-11s? Can you imagine a VC-10 with 787 technology and today's engines and wings...  Smile
 
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RE: Any DH-comets Still Out There?

Sat Feb 12, 2005 1:00 am

Yes there is a Comet 4 that is being restored at the Museum of Flight restoration center in Everett. I will be made air worthy and flown to BFI for permanent display. You will also be allowed to walk through the cabin of the bird when she makes it their too which should happen sometime in the next 1-2 years.

It might not be what you are looking for, but will be one of the last opportunities to see a former passenger bird fly, and then you can experience what it was like at the airpark.
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RE: Any DH-comets Still Out There?

Sat Feb 12, 2005 2:03 am

There is a campaign in the UK to have an airworthy Comet in full BOAC livery for the 50th anniversary in October 2008 of the first Comet transatlantic flight see http://www.cometcampaign.cjb.net/

The last operator was Dan-Air who put the Comet to good use on the inclusive tour market. 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. The very last flight of a Comet was on 30 October 1997 by example, XS235 Canopus. She had by then became expensive to maintain and the decision was taken to put her up for sale. Fortunately the UK Government stepped in and allowed XS235 to remain in the UK.

The aeroplane remains at Bruntingthorpe airfield, Leicestershire where David Walton and his team from the British Aviation Heritage Collection are doing sterling work with a care and maintenance programme. The aeroplane was moved, under its own power, for an Open Day in May, 2000 and again for a high-speed taxy in September 2001 and 2002. A team of engineers from ATC Lasham Limited has recently been attending to the engines and systems.

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aeroweanie
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RE: Any DH-comets Still Out There?

Sat Feb 12, 2005 2:16 am

The Comet at O'hare was scrapped about ten years ago.

If the Museum of Fright's Comet really does fly from Paine to BFI and you know ahead of time, please, please, please post a notice here ahead of time!!!!

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