From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Andrew Cameron) Organization: Total Connectivity Providers - Internet access for the UK Date: 02 Jun 96 16:20:12 References: 1
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Earlier I wrote: "Comet 4C XS235 of A&AEE Boscombe Down was due to take part in the Heathrow flypast today, but has made an emergency landing at Filton (Bristol) with a cockpit fire this morning - source is BBC CEEFAX. "The aircraft is believed low in hours (7500 hrs to 1989) but was a candidate for retiral. "Was this the last flight of a Comet? (excluding the Nimrod derivative)" I was too quick. The Comet was reported on the ground for 3 hours at Filton, but took-off and has been to Stansted and overflew LHR as planned on live TV, with video link from the cockpit. The supporting television coverage included a pre-recorded pilot interview; it now has 8000 hours and is for disposal at the end of this year. Sorry about being rather quick with the first report. The original CEEFAX was more graphic - described smoke coming from the cockpit - but there was no idication of any smoke damage on the broadcast.