Plane-Comet is a first in the world created by a jet airliner for commercial purposes. It was designed for middle-distance flights, the full name of the machine - "De Havilland DH.106« Comet. " In principle, the "Comet" is not the first jet aircraft, the first was VC.1, but this is the first device that has been thought through from the design to the end.

The aircraft had four turbojet engine and is made in the scheme nizkoplan. The engines are located in the root of the wing, which was swept with odnokilevym plumage.


Home design and discussion of such cars began in 1942 by British designers. They made the first jet aircraft operating time for passengers who had planned to make at the end of the war. 4 identified promising prototype.

By 1944 year we made the first drawings of cars, and a year later was thought the whole structure that could allow 14 carry passengers on short distances. The main problem remained range. Because of this, the car was thought that could make flights across the Atlantic to post or two important people on board. By building the aircraft began at the end of 1945 years, with planning to use three engines of the "De Havilland".

As a result, the development went in two directions. According to the first version of the aircraft was out of the tail and had a small size. Regarding the second embodiment, there has been used a standard scheme with a tail fin, moreover, were increased, after which the board can fit 32 passenger. It was planned that the aircraft "Comet" will be used in the transatlantic traffic and will reach speeds of 813 km / h. Because of this, the order was carried out by "BOAC" for the supply of 8 «Comet."

The first full-scale prototype ready to come off the runway 27.08.1949 years. It has two wings at the base of the engine, moreover, they had boosters, which gave a greater thrust at takeoff.


The production version up into the air 9.01.1951 years. In its first regular flight the plane went in May 1952 year for quite a long route, namely London - Beirut - Entebbe - Johannesburg. In the future, this car flying in Africa and the Far East.

"Comet-2» and "Comet-3»

The production was aimed at the production of high-performance models such as the "Comet-1A", and with the motor Rolls-Royce Avon and many technical improvements of the apparatus appeared "Comet-2». The aircraft, in addition to more power, had more seats, namely 44. Buying aircraft "Comet-3» made a lot of airlines in the world.

Greater attention and hype deserved model "comet-3», which had Avon 16 engines and additional fuel tanks, which allowed to make flights over long distances, and increasing the length of the housing allowed in the passenger compartment 78 seats for passengers.

The demand for recognition and ended after a large number of accidents and crashes "Komet". Because of this, the aircraft "Comet-1» was removed from operation, the second model has been subjected to modernization, after which it continued to be used in the RAF. Total lost 12 machines such as "Comet". As regards the apparatus "Comet-3», some of the failures of his predecessors, he never got into serial production.


After a series of failures of previous models has been created fundamentally new and improved version under the designation "Comet-4». In spite of the enormous efforts and hope designers, the fourth model did not become a quality opponent transatlantic airliner "Boeing" and "Douglas". Fourth comet was similar to the third, but had more weight and heavy-duty engines. "Comet-4» in September 1958 year set a record short distance to overcome, namely from Hong Kong to the city Hatfield she flew over 16 14 hours and minutes.

Nevertheless, this device was more successful, moreover, in the 80-ies, the fourth comet was exploited by London companies. Also, these cars enjoyed success with tourists. 

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