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Comet….grandaddy of the jetliners!

Comet Maiden Flight

Comet….grandaddy of the jetliners!

Comet….grandaddy of the jetliners!   Date….27 July 1949, Place….Hatfield England, Crew… John ‘Cats Eyes’ Cunningham, Harold ‘Tubby’ Waters, John Wilson, Frank Reynolds and Tony Fairbrother. Event… Maiden flight of the world’s first jet powered airliner, the de Havilland DH106 Comet 1. This is the story by Keith Bradshaw of 70 years of the Comet. Seventy years ago, airline travel changed forever....

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60th anniversary of the delivery of our Brit to BOAC

Brittania

Rule Britannia!

Happy birthday to the whispering giant

In a year full of anniversaries, Keith Bradshaw highlights the 60th anniversary of the delivery of our Brit to BOAC And rule the Atlantic she did. The Britannia and its CL44 derivative were the only turbo prop aircraft to operate regular passenger flights across the North Atlantic between 1957 and 1964. Only the Britannia made the journey non-stop. The Icelandic airline Loftleidir CL44s interrupted their flights for a brief halt in Iceland as part of their low-cost fare structure....

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All in a lifetime
Alcock & Brown

100 years on the 15th June 1919 the Vickers Vimy of Alcock and Brown 'landed' in Ireland to complete...

First of the Many
First of the Many

  On 13th June 1965 the prototype Britten Norman BN2 Islander G-ATCT took off from the grass airstrip...

Brietling Formation
Breitling team

Breitling team in formation A great display. Fantastic picture! Photo Charles Butler

Trident and VC10
Boarding

A great day out! It’s always busy and DAS volunteers work hard but showing the public the result...

A busy day boarding
Herald

Boarding now! Sales of Boarding Passes were brisk. The British Airliner Collection aircraft welcomed visitors...

Stearmans in formation
Aero Super Batics Stearmans

Hold on tight! Aero Super Batics gave an astonishing display of skill, bravery and elegance. Photo Charles Butler

Sally B fires up!
B17 Sally B

Sally B fires up The Boeing B-17G starts up in a cloud of smoke ready for her display. A firm favourite...

Viscount in the Sun
Viscount

The oldest surviving Viscount shows off her new paintwork Seen outside in the sunshine, no one would guess...

Apache
Apache

Fire! An exciting display by the Attack Helicopter Display team (AHDT)  featuring an Apache AH1 gave...

Tiger 9 in Formation
Tiger 9 Team

Bi-planes in formation In an impressive display on a gusty day, the Tiger 9 Formation team showed just...

Concorde Nose Lowering
Concorde nose

Concorde’s ever-popular nose lowering drew a large crowd at the Air Show. Restored to full working...

Back in the hot seat
Concorde crew

Ex- Concorde crew Captain Andy Mills, Flying Officer John Tye and Flight Engineer Ian Radford, visited 101...

Nellie steps up
AEC Militant

A wet Sunday saw the dedicated DAS crew shifting the Trident into the Conservation Hall for repainting. On...

50 Glorious Years

Back in March 1969 - the second of March to be precise - test pilot André Turcat gathered...

Viscount Repaint
Our Viscount moves out for her new coat of paint

It’s always exciting to see one of the British Airliner Collection aircraft moving down the runway...

Berlin Airlift Exhibition

In 1948/9 the York was one of a fleet of Allied aircraft which delivered the largest humanitarian airlift...

Emotional Reunion
Barbara Halbert and the Comet meet again after sixty years

Barbara Halbert made a special trip from her home in Guernsey to be aboard her beloved Comet 4 to celebrate...

Happy 50th
BAC 1-11 on the tarmac at Heathrow

Our BAC 1-11 first flew exactly 50 years ago today on 29 January 1969 and still looks as good as new thanks...

124m Air Miles
Avro York in Hangar

That was the total distance flown by allied aircraft 70 years ago during the 15 months of operations known...

 
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2019

Concorde Nose Lowering Demonstration

One of the unique features that made the Concorde able to cruise at twice the speed of sound was its ability to change the shape of its forward fuselage. For ground handling, take-off and... more >

 

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