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.
MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."