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ARD2012 1/200 scale diecast model of de Havilland DH 106 Comet 4 airliner, registration G-APDT in the livery of BOAC. The model has a polished metal finish which has tarnished over time, giving a nice realistic look. Does not come with a display stand.
Length 6.9 inches Wingspan 6.9 inches.
Comet G-APDT MSN 6420 was delivered new to British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) on October 19, 1959, leased to Mexicana registration XA-POW on November 25, 1965. Returned to BOAC in 1969 and used as an apprentice training aircraft, finally to Heathrow Fire Service.
The de Havilland DH 106 Comet is a British narrow-bodied four-engined and the first commercial jet airliner. The maiden flight took place on July 27, 1949, and entered service on May 2, 1952, with BOAC. With a speed and climb rate about one and a half times greater than piston-engine airliners, coupled with a pressurised cabin, large windows, gave the aircraft a faster relatively quiet, vibration free and comfortable flight. Development into four major variants, the Comet 1, -2, – 3 and -4. The Comet 4 with increased range and reliability enabled jet-powered transatlantic routes, BOAC flew the inaugural service on October 4, 1958. By the end of the month the B707 had entered service and by 1960 the DC-8, more cost-effective, bigger, faster and longer range. BOAC withdrew its last Comet 4s from service in November 1965 and the final operator Dan-Air in 1981.
Early models seated 36 passengers four abreast, the last, the -4C, up to 119 passengers in a single class. The fuselage housed luggage storage areas as there was no cargo hold. The engines, mounted in pairs and embedded in the wings close to the fuselage gave less drag than podded engines. Minimised asymmetric thrust, lessened the risk of ingestion of foreign objects. But increased wing structural weight, complexity and required armour sheathing to prevent further damage from significant engine failures.