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De Havilland DH106 Comet 1949 ~ 1/200 - Silver Classics

De Havilland DH106 Comet 1949 ~ 1/200 - Silver Classics
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Price: $65.95
Availability: In Stock
Model: Comet
Average Rating: Not Rated

SCALE: 1/200
LENGTH: 14 cm
MANUFACTURER: Silver Classics
PRODUCT: Diecast - Silver Plated
WHEELS: No
STAND: Yes

Honouring some of the most groundbreaking and collectible aircraft in history these limited edition Silver Classics Airplane Models are great not only for collectors, but they make wonderful gifts for those who love aviation. Plated in genuine silver they include a display stand with wooden base and metal name plate.

 

The de Havilland DH 106 Comet was the first production commercial jetliner. Developed and manufactured by de Havilland at its Hatfield, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom headquarters, the Comet 1 prototype first flew on 27 July 1949.

A year after entering commercial service, Comet airframes began suffering catastrophic metal fatigue, with three of them tearing apart during mid-flight in well-publicised accidents. The Comet was withdrawn from service and extensively tested to discover the cause; the first incident had been incorrectly blamed on adverse weather. Design flaws including window shape and installation methodology were ultimately identified.

Although sales never fully recovered, the improved Comet 2 and the prototype Comet 3 culminated in the redesigned Comet 4 series which debuted in 1958 and enjoyed a productive career of over 30 years. The Comet was adapted for a variety of military roles such as VIP, medical and passenger transport, as well as surveillance; the most extensive modification resulted in a specialised maritime patrol aircraft variant, the Hawker Siddeley Nimrod. Nimrods remained in service with the Royal Air Force (RAF) until they were retired in June 2011, over 60 years after the Comet's first flight.

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