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Comet….grandaddy of the jetliners!

Comet Maiden Flight

Comet….grandaddy of the jetliners!

Comet….grandaddy of the jetliners!   Date….17 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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Still looking good at 70

Hermes

Hermes is 70

Hermes reaches three score and ten

Hermes! What does this word mean to you? The Greek god of transport? A Mail order delivery company? A French manufacturer of up-market scarves? Or one of Britain’s first pressurised post war airliners? Well you can guess which one gets the Duxford Aviation Society vote. We have many iconic airliners in the British Airliner Collection but one of the rarest is the world’s only surviving Handley Page Hermes fuselage. Sadly this is all that’s left of one of...

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Dates for your diary

July

Sunday

28+

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 >

 
August

Sunday

25

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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