Today, March 3, 64-Years Ago (1953), Was The Beginning Of The End Of The de Havilland Comet (4).
The de Havilland Comet, in particular the Comet 4, was my first love when it came to planes — and it has been a lifelong infatuation starting from when I was about 2. The Comet 4, flown by BOAC, was the first jet plane I ever saw — in Colombo, Ceylon. I never got to fly on it. My adopted parents did. I saw them take-off in one. It used to have this amazingly steep climb — much steeper than today’s jet.
This March 3 crash was the 1st in 26 — which eventually led to it being decommissioned.
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