Aviation Photo #1922024 De Havilland DH-106 Comet 1 - BOAC

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The first production Comet 1 (nearest) first flew on 9 January 1951. It was delivered to BOAC on 13 March 1952 and performed the world's first scheduled jet airliner flight Heathrow-Johannesburg on 2 May 1952. It crashed on 10 January 1954 after structural failure near Elba after take-off from Rome. DH's Comet 1 prototypes G-ALVG and G-ALZK (far) complete the then world-beating formation of this, the most beautiful jetliner built. Each has a slightly different fin scheme. Obtained from DH 50 years ago.
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    De Havilland DH-106 Comet 1
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    De Havilland DH-106 Comet
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    England
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    1951
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Anonymous
6 years ago
What a gem of an image! Thanks for sharing this! - Sunandan
Anonymous
6 years ago
What a photo! Thank you very much for sharing this absolutely fantastic sight with us. I can't get my eyes off these planes while noticing many differences between the three. The clouds form a divine and adequate background for these Comets.
Anonymous
6 years ago
This is by far the coolest shot I have seen on a.net. Ever!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Amazing!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
And the Jet era begins...!
Anonymous
6 years ago
An amazing capture of history!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Truly a historic shot!!! Tony
Anonymous
6 years ago
What an amazing picture; it's rare to see such old, great pictures such as this.
Anonymous
6 years ago
The graceful lines of the Comet are umatched, so having 3 together is very special.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Beatiful but deadly.
Anonymous
6 years ago
This is a beautiful shot! truly signifying the importance of such aircraft!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Awesome shot of the most beatyfull airliner ever build, thanks for sharing !
Anonymous
6 years ago
Simply Breathtaking.

Three beautiful sisters out for a soar.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Splendid historical shot!

And I, for one, agree - the Comet was a very aesthetically pleasing design.

As tragic as the Comet's early life was, the accidents, and the investigations thereof, provided valuable insight into the insidious problem of metal fatigue. Much of the stellar safety record that modern civil aviation enjoys is a legacy of the Comet.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Such a stunning photograph, a fitting predecessor to today's group fly-bys of 346s and 744s!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Wow...Simply priceless! Many thanks for sharing.

TheFlyingCroc
Anonymous
6 years ago
Quite simply breathtaking.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Fantastic photo with so much history in it. 5 stars.
Anonymous
6 years ago
No disrespect to the other photos, but this is the real #1 photo of the day! At least in my opinion. Thanks for allowing us a look back at a historic part of aviation. ***** Wayne C.
Anonymous
6 years ago
60 years old and still futuristic! *****
Anonymous
6 years ago
Perfect photo. It almost looks like a bird from some 1950's science fiction film. Wait a minuet, I have an idea! Hey Airbus, why don't you guys redesign the empennage and windows, upgrade everything else, and put this wonderful bird back into the air?
Anonymous
6 years ago
Oops! I said Airbus when I should have said De Havilland. At any rate, it would be awesome to see an updated economical example of this bird back in service.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Exceptional historic document.Thank you for providing it for us Aviation passionets.paul D
Anonymous
5 years ago
The golden age of aviation. I love it!
Anonymous
2 years ago
So beautiful!

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