de Havilland Comet, tragic and heroic, the world’s first jet airliner

De Havilland CometThe de Havilland Comet was the world’s first jet airliner and the first to operate a jet-powered transatlantic service. The Comet began carrying passengers on 2 May 1952, when BOAC introduced the aircraft on its London to Johannesburg route. Continue reading “de Havilland Comet, tragic and heroic, the world’s first jet airliner”


Heroes and Landmarks of British Aviation

The dramatic story of the engineering innovators and the pilots who broke countless records. The heroes are Britain’s most innovative aviation pioneers and their aircraft, the men and women who persevered to be the first into the air, to fly the fastest, the highest and the furthest. This broad and highly accessible books ranges from the first man to fly across the English Channel from England to France to the development of the Spitfire and from the R101 disaster to the development of the jet engine and the world’s first supersonic airliner.
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