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De Havilland Comet first jet airliner of the world. British aviation had fantastic designs during Cold War, in my humble opinion.

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De Havilland DH-106 Comet 1 - 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.

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The De Havilland Comet is one of my favourites. I make a Comet brooch. http://www.airteamimages.com/pics/115/115101_800.jpg

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Union Aéromaritime de Transport - UAT De Havilland DH-106 Comet 1A F-BGSB at Paris-Le Bourget, circa 1953. (Photo: Clinton Groves)

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