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The De Havilland Comet picture gallery contains five major sections:

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De Havilland Comet Mk1 pictures

The Mk1 picture gallery includes :
Ghost engines. [2 pictures]
Comet Mk 1 G-ALYP. [2 pictures]
Comet Mk 1 G-ALYR. [1 picture]
Comet Mk 1 G-ALYW. [1 picture]
Comet Mk 1 G-ALZK. [1 picture]
Comet Mk 1A CF-CUM. [1 picture]
Comet Mk 1A CF-CUN. [1 picture]
Comet Mk 1A 5301. [1 picture]
Comet Mk 1A F-BGSA/B. [1 picture]
Comet Mk 1A F-BGSC. [2 pictures]
Comet Mk 1A F-BGNX. [9 pictures]
Comet Mk 1A F-BGNY. [1 picture]
Production at Hatfield of Mk1 Comets published in Popular science dated May-50. [3 pictures]
Comet prototype G-5-1 in flight.[1 picture]
Comet prototype G-ALVG partly published in Popular science dated May-50. [5 pictures]
Comet Mk1Xb G-APAS at Cosford Museum.[13 pictures]

Comet 1 Ghost engines
Photo Credit: Marc Schaeffer.
Ghost50 Ghost 50 engine at Mosquito museum. Added [24-Oct-98]
Ghost50 Ghost 50 engine at Cosford museum. Added [24-Oct-98]
Comet Mk1 G-ALYP
Photo Credit: British Airways.
Thanks to Marshall Massengale for contributing these pictures.
YP On 2 May 1952, the world's first commercial jet airline service commenced with the departure from London's Heathrow Airport by deHavilland DH-106 Comet Mk1 G-ALYP operated by British Overseas Airways Corp. Added [14-Jun-98]
YP Comet Mk1 G-ALYP during flight tests. Added [14-Jun-98]
Comet Mk1 G-ALYR
Photo Credit: J.M. Gradidge
Thanks to Trevor Friend for contributing this pictures.
G-ALYR After it's crash G-ALYR was shipped to the UK and is seen here at LHR while being dismanteled on 06-Jun-55. Added [25-Apr-99]
Comet Mk1 G-ALYW
Photo Credit: British Airways.
Thanks to Marshall Massengale for contributing this picture.
YW Comet Mk1 G-ALYW waiting for passengers. Added [14-Jun-98]
Comet Mk1 G-ALZK
Photo Credit: British Airways.
Thanks to Marshall Massengale for contributing this picture.
ZK In-flight picture of Comet Mk1 G-ALZK. Added [14-Jun-98]
Comet Mk1A CF-CUM
Photo Credit: Canadian Airlines.
Thanks to Marshall Massengale for contributing this picture.
CUM In-flight picture of Comet Mk1A CF-CUM. Added [14-Jun-98]
Comet Mk1A CF-CUN
Photo Credit: BAE Systems
Thanks to Trevor Friend for contributing these pictures.
CF-CUN CF-CUN taken at the Hatfield outside the new flight test hangar in Jan-53. Added [25-Apr-99]
Comet Mk1A 5301
Photo Credit: Royal Canadian Air Force.
5301 One of two Mk1As operated by the RCAF. The nose section of this fine craft is intact and preserved at the National Aviation Museum Ottawa, Canada. Added [25-Apr-99]
Comet Mk1A F-BGSA/B
Photo Credit: U.A.T.
Thanks to Damien Burke for contributing this picture.
F-BGSA/B Comet's Mk1A F-BGSA and F-BGSB while on the ground. Added [16-Sep-98]
Comet Mk1A F-BGSC
Photo Credit: BAE Systems
Thanks to Trevor Friend for contributing these pictures.
F-BGSC F-BGSC while being taken out of the De Havilland hangar at Hatfiled in Apr-53, quite a technique as you can see. Added [25-Apr-99]
F-BGSC F-BGSC while being taken out of the De Havilland hangar, a closer look to the rudder. Added [25-Apr-99]
Comet Mk1A F-BGNX
Photo Credit: Air France.
Thanks to Damien Burke for contributing this picture.
F-BGNX Comet's Mk1A F-BGNX while taxiing. Added [16-Sep-98]
Photo Credit: Marc Schaeffer.
Thanks to Bruce Gordon of the Mosquito museum for the warm and kind welcome.
logo F-BGNX fuselage at Mosquito museum. Old Air France logo. Added [24-Oct-98]
fuselage F-BGNX fuselage at Mosquito museum. Just compare this picture to the first one ... :( Added [24-Oct-98]
fuselage Other side of F-BGNX fuselage at Mosquito museum. Added [29-Oct-98]
fuselage Other side of F-BGNX fuselage at Mosquito museum. Added [29-Oct-98]
door Crew door of F-BGNX at Mosquito museum. Added [29-Oct-98]
rear Inside of F-BGNX rear fuselage at Mosquito museum. Added [29-Oct-98]
ADF Front ADF hatch, the one where all the trouble started. Added [29-Oct-98]
window Crew escape window of F-BGNX. Added [29-Oct-98]
Comet Mk1A F-BGNY
Photo Credit: BAE Systems
Thanks to Trevor Friend for contributing these pictures.
F-BGNY F-BGNY the sister ship of F-BGNX taken at Hatfield in Jun-53. Added [25-Apr-99]
Popular science May-50: Comet production
Photo Credit: Popular science.
Thanks to Tim Hufnell for contributing these pictures.
Production "Comet production line at de Havilland's Hatfield plant shows that England is in the jet-transport business in a big way. US has a long way to go from the drawing board to this reality."
The accidents were changing this faster than expected ...
Production Another view of the production line.
Production "Technician at Hatfield factory thrusts head through aperture in last bulkhead, under fin. His legs protrude through access door in skin."
Comet prototype G-5-1
Photo Credit: De Havilland.
Thanks to De Havilland for contributing this picture.
G-5-1 The prototype G-5-1 in mid-Jul '49 during enginetests at Hatfield.
Comet prototype G-ALVG
Photo Credit: De Havilland.
Thanks to De Havilland for contributing this picture.
B.O.A.C. G-ALVG The prototype G-5-1 with new reg. G-ALVG and B.O.A.C. labeling.
Popular science May-50: Comet prototype G-ALVG
Photo Credit: Popular science.
Thanks to Tim Hufnell for contributing these pictures.
Air inlet "Elliptical air intake for engines are flush with wings leading edge. Hole below inboard intake is for cabin air conditioning. Smaller holes in edge of wing are for auxilary cooling."
Comet fences "Extending back from the leading edge of the Comet's swept-back wing are 'fences' - solid strips of metal - one of which is shown above, to keep air flowing straight back at high speeds."
Front "Four turbines are placed so close of centerline to plane that even if two on one side cut out, pilot has little trouble maintaining straight, level flight. Fuselage is circular"
Side "Here's an innovation in air liners, a fuselage that hugs the ground. Short landing gear is possible because there are no props. Four-wheel main gear will replace present two wheels."
Comet 1A
Photo Credit: Marc Schaeffer.
Thanks to the great team - Alistair McLean and Keith Woodcock - of the Cosford Aerospace Museum for assisting me in taking these pictures.
G-APAS G-APAS at Cosford Aerospace Museum. This is s/n 06022 and was delivered as Comet 1A to Air France on Jul-53. Added [10-Oct-98]
Cockpit G-APAS at Cosford Aerospace Museum. Look at the suberb cockpit of the sole complete Mk1 frame. Added [10-Oct-98]
cockpit G-APAS at Cosford Aerospace Museum. Take a closer look at all the instruments. Added [10-Oct-98]
panel G-APAS at Cosford Aerospace Museum. The flight engineers panel. Added [10-Oct-98]
cabin G-APAS at Cosford Aerospace Museum. A look of the main cabin. Added [10-Oct-98]
G-APAS G-APAS at Cosford Aerospace Museum. These are the vis-a-vis seats of the first class. Added [10-Oct-98]
side G-APAS at Cosford Aerospace Museum. Note the details on this pic of the main cabin. Added [10-Oct-98]
steward G-APAS at Cosford Aerospace Museum. The stewards seat with the phone. Added [10-Oct-98]
galley G-APAS at Cosford Aerospace Museum. The galley is like brandnew. Added [10-Oct-98]
gear G-APAS at Cosford Aerospace Museum. Main landing gear. Added [24-Oct-98]
gear G-APAS at Cosford Aerospace Museum. Nose landing gear. Added [24-Oct-98]
engines G-APAS at Cosford Aerospace Museum. Mk1 engines inlet. Added [24-Oct-98]
engines G-APAS at Cosford Aerospace Museum. Mk1 engines outlet. Added [24-Oct-98]

De Havilland Comet Mk2 pictures

The Mk2 picture gallery includes :
Comet 2 XK699. [1 picture]
Comet 2 XK695. [1 picture]
Comet 2 Nose. [1 picture]

Comet 2 XK699
Photo Credit: John Doe.
XK699 Comet Mk2 XK699, the RAF Lyneham gate guardian. Sorry for the poor shot ... Added [24-Oct-98]
Comet 2 XK695
Photo Credit: Marc Schaeffer.
XK695 Nose of Comet Mk2 XK695, at the Mosquito museum. Added [25-Apr-99]
Comet 2 nose
Photo Credit: Marc Schaeffer.
Nose This nose of a noncompleted Comet Mk2 was converted to a flight simulator and on display at FI98. Added [29-Oct-98]

De Havilland Comet Mk4 pictures

The Mk4 picture gallery includes :
Comet 4 HC-ALT of AEREA Ecuador at MIA airport. [5 pictures]
Comet 4 G-APDG of Dan-Air at Salzburg airport. [2 pictures]
BOAC Comet Mk 4 G-APDA. [1 picture]
BEA Comet Mk 4B G-APMB. [1 picture]
Comet C.4 G-BDIX at the 'Museum of flight'. [2 pictures]
Comet G-APDB at Duxford. [10 pictures]
Comet XS235 Canopus. [12 pictures]
Comet 4 LV-PLM of Aerolineas Argentinas. [3 pictures]
Comet 4C ST-AAW of Sudan Airways. [1 picture]
Comet 4C SA-R-7. [1 picture]
Comet 4 VP-KPJ of East African Airways. [1 picture]
Comet 4 HC-ALT
Photo Credit: Don Boyd.
Thanks to Don Boyd for contributing these pictures.
HC-ALT Comet 4 Comet 4 HC-ALT of AEREA Ecuador at MIA airport. Added on 19-Jun-98
HC-ALT Nose Nose section of the same Comet at MIA airport. Added on 19-Jun-98
HC-ALT Cockpit Cockpit of the same Comet at MIA airport. Added on 19-Aug-98.
HC-ALT Fuselage Fuselage of the same Comet at MIA airport. Added on 19-Aug-98.
HC-ALT Fuselage Rear fuselage of the same Comet at MIA airport. Added on 19-Aug-98.
Comet 4 G-APDG
Photo Credit: Markus Buttinger.
Thanks to Markus Buttinger for contributing these pictures.
G-APDG Comet 4 G-APDG at Salzburg airport in '71 or '72.
Dan Air Comet 4 of Dan Air at Salzburg airport. Registration is unknown.
Comet Mk 4 G-APDA
Photo Credit: British Airways.
Thanks to Marshall Massengale for contributing this picture.
DA In-flight picture of BOAC Comet Mk 4 G-APDA.
Comet Mk 4B G-APMB
Photo Credit: B.E.A.
Thanks to Marshall Massengale for contributing this picture.
MB BEA Comet Mk 4B G-APMB has just taken off for a new flight.
Comet C.4
Photo Credit: Damien Burke.
Thanks to Damien Burke for contributing these pictures.
G-BDIX Comet G-BDIX s/n 06471 of the 'Museum of Flight'. It was delivered to the RAF as a C.4 in Apr-62.
G-BDIX
Comet G-APDB at Duxford
Photo Credit: Marc Schaeffer.
G-APDB G-APDB at Duxford museum. This was the Comet which made the first jet Atlantic travel. Added [24-Oct-98]
G-APDB G-APDB at Duxford museum. Taken from the other side. Added [25-Apr-99]
G-APDB G-APDB at Duxford museum. A quite special shot of the nose... Added [25-Apr-99]
G-APDB G-APDB at Duxford museum. The cockpit of the Mk4 compare it with the Mk1 cockpit of G-APAS. Added [25-Apr-99]
G-APDB G-APDB at Duxford museum. The engineers panel. Added [25-Apr-99]
G-APDB G-APDB at Duxford museum. The inside of this fine jet. Added [25-Apr-99]
G-APDB G-APDB at Duxford museum. A look at the rear cabin, note the safety instructions. Added [25-Apr-99]
G-APDB G-APDB at Duxford museum. Read the labeling carefully. Added [25-Apr-99]
G-APDB G-APDB at Duxford museum. Appreciate the Dan Air logo. Added [25-Apr-99]
G-APDB G-APDB at Duxford museum. The Mk4 engine outlet. Added [25-Apr-99]
Comet Canopus XS235
Photo Credit: Marc Schaeffer.
Thanks to David Walton for the warm welcome and assistance.
XS235 Comet C4 XS235 Canopus at Bruntingthorpe taken on 20-Sep-98. Shot taken just before the taxi trials were started. Added [24-Oct-98]
XS235 Nose of Comet C4 XS235 Canopus at Bruntingthorpe taken on 20-Sep-98. Added [25-Apr-99]
XS235 Comet C4 XS235 Canopus at Bruntingthorpe taken on 20-Sep-98. A special shot ... Added [24-Oct-98]
XS235 Comet C4 XS235 Canopus at Bruntingthorpe taken on 20-Sep-98. Engine inlet. Added [24-Oct-98]
XS235 Enngines outlet of Comet C4 XS235 Canopus at Bruntingthorpe taken on 20-Sep-98. Added [25-Apr-99]
XS235 Comet C4 XS235 Canopus at Bruntingthorpe after just having finished the fast taxi trials. Taken on 20-Sep-98. Added [25-Apr-99]
XS235 Comet C4 XS235 Canopus at Bruntingthorpe some 20 seconds later ... Taken on 20-Sep-98. Added [25-Apr-99]
XS235 Comet C4 XS235 Canopus at Bruntingthorpe taken on 20-Sep-98 after the fast taxi trials. Added [25-Apr-99]
XS235 Yours truly and Comet C4 XS235 Canopus at Bruntingthorpe. Thanks to Mike. Added [25-Apr-99]
XS235 Comet C4 XS235 Canopus at Bruntingthorpe taken on 20-Sep-98. Nothing but the nose ... Added [25-Apr-99]
Photo Credit: Gatwick Aviation Society.
Thanks to Vince Horan for contributing this picture.
XS235 The recently retired 'Canopus' XS235 of the DTEO. Photographed some time ago at Hatfield.
Photo Credit: Julian Griffith-Jones
Thanks to Huw Bowen for contributing this picture.
XS235 'Canopus' XS235 taken at Fairford in 1993. Added [16-Sep-98]
Comet 4 LV-PLM
Photo Credit: Aerolineas Argentinas
LV-PLM Comet 4 Comet 4 LV-PLM of Aerolineas Argentinas.
Photo Credit: Juan Jacobacci.
Thanks to Máximo Verrascinato for contributing these pictures.
Comet 4 / DC4 Unique picture of a Comet 4 with on the foreground a section of the tail of a DC-4. This picture was taken by Juan Jacobacci, who had the chance to fly this fine plane with Aerolineas Argentinas. Again many thanks. Added [16-Sep-98]
Comet 4 / DC4
Comet 4C ST-AAV
Photo Credit: Sudan Airways
Comet 4C Comet 4C ST-AAW of Sudan Airways.
Comet 4C SA-R-7
Photo Credit: Government of Saudi Arabia
Comet 4C Comet 4C of the government of Saudi Arabia. This plane was delivered in June '62 and crashed on the 20 Mar 63 at Cuneo.
Comet 4 VP-KPJ
Photo Credit: East African Airways
VP-KPJ Comet 4 Comet 4 VP-KPJ of East African Airways.

Comet crash pictures

The Comet crash gallery includes :
G-ALYP salvage. [2 pictures]
G-ALYV fuselage. [1 picture]

G-ALYP salvage
Photo Credit: Unknown
YP salvage The main spar center section of YP is lifted by crane from the salvage vessel Sea Salvor into a barge. Added [25-Apr-99]
YP salvage Another part of G-ALYP is being taken out of the sea. Added [25-Apr-99]
G-ALYV fuselage
Photo Credit: Unknown
YV fuselage Part of the fuselage of G-ALYV . Added [25-Apr-99]

Historic Comet documents

The historic documents gallery includes :
First transatlantic jet service. [2 pictures]

First transatlantic jet service
Document Credit: B.O.A.C. and Mark Clifford
1st service This is the cover sheet of the first ever transatlantic jetliner service NY-LHR operated by BOAC Comet 4 G-APDB on 4th October 58.Added [25-Apr-99]
1st service This is the flight path of the first ever transatlantic jetliner service NY-LHR operated by BOAC Comet 4 G-APDB on 4th October 58.Added [25-Apr-99]

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