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G-ALYP (cn 06003) 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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A visitor from Mexico posted Tue November 18, 2014:
So beautiful!

A visitor from United States posted Sat July 28, 2012:
The golden age of aviation. I love it!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu August 4, 2011:
Exceptional historic document.Thank you for providing it for us Aviation passionets.paul D

A visitor from United States posted Thu August 4, 2011:
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.

A visitor from - posted Wed July 13, 2011:
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?

A visitor from - posted Fri July 1, 2011:
60 years old and still futuristic! *****

A visitor from Canada posted Fri May 20, 2011:
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.

A visitor from - posted Fri May 20, 2011:
Fantastic photo with so much history in it. 5 stars.

A visitor from Australia posted Thu May 19, 2011:
Quite simply breathtaking.

A visitor from United States posted Thu May 19, 2011:
Wow...Simply priceless! Many thanks for sharing.


A visitor from South Africa posted Thu May 19, 2011:
Such a stunning photograph, a fitting predecessor to today's group fly-bys of 346s and 744s!

A visitor from - posted Thu May 19, 2011:
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.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu May 19, 2011:
Simply Breathtaking.

Three beautiful sisters out for a soar.

A visitor from - posted Thu May 19, 2011:
Awesome shot of the most beatyfull airliner ever build, thanks for sharing !

A visitor from - posted Thu May 19, 2011:
This is a beautiful shot! truly signifying the importance of such aircraft!

A visitor from Brazil posted Thu May 19, 2011:
Beatiful but deadly.

A visitor from - posted Thu May 19, 2011:
The graceful lines of the Comet are umatched, so having 3 together is very special.

A visitor from - posted Thu May 19, 2011:
What an amazing picture; it's rare to see such old, great pictures such as this.

A visitor from United States posted Thu May 19, 2011:
Truly a historic shot!!! Tony

A visitor from Australia posted Thu May 19, 2011:
An amazing capture of history!

A visitor from - posted Thu May 19, 2011:
And the Jet era begins...!

A visitor from Germany posted Thu May 19, 2011:

A visitor from Germany posted Thu May 19, 2011:
This is by far the coolest shot I have seen on a.net. Ever!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu May 19, 2011:
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.

A visitor from - posted Wed May 18, 2011:
What a gem of an image! Thanks for sharing this! - Sunandan

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