Re: 50 years of jet aircraft

Date:         27 Aug 99 03:08:34 
From: (Filip De Vos)
Organization: University of Ghent, Belgium
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> wrote:
> > Just to let you know that on 27-Jul-49 John Cunningham made the first
> > ever flight with a civil jet aircraft. The craft was the de Havilland
> > Comet Mk1 frame 06001 registered G-5-1. 50 years already.

> Yep. Unfortunately, the Comet itself didn't quite make it to its 50th
> birthday, the last operational one having been retired early this year.
> Shame they couldn't keep her going just a little longer. Unless you
> count the Nimrods as Comets, that is.

I think the first aircraft able to make it to fifty will be the 707,
although they are dwindling in numbers fast. Perhaps the hardier DC-8,
build with three spars in the wing, will grab the 'prize'! The Caravelle
is long gone.

      Filip De Vos              

          There are plenty of ways to empty a solar system.
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