AIRPLANE ‘DE HAVILAND ‘COMET’ Aluminium on ALABASTER OVAL BASE 1950’s GOOD CONDITION
SOLD AIRPLANE 1950’s ENGLISH ALUMINIUM DE HAVILAND ‘COMET’ JET DESK ORNAMENT
ORIGINAL 1950’s NOT A COPY OR REPRODUCTION
Size is – 15 cm’s Long x 10 cm’s high x 19 cm’s Wingspan
MOUNTED ON AN OVAL SHAPED DISHED ALABASTER BASE
PLEASE VIEW ALL THE PICTURES, IN VERY GOOD CONDITION NOT A COPY GENUINE VINTAGE
The de Havilland DH.106 Comet was the world’s first commercial jet airliner. Developed and manufactured by de Havilland at its Hatfield Aerodrome in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, the Comet 1 prototype first flew in 1949. It featured an aerodynamically clean design with four de Havilland Ghost turbojet engines buried in the wing roots, a pressurised cabin, and large square windows. For the era, it offered a relatively quiet, comfortable passenger cabin and was commercially promising at its debut in 1952.
However, within a year of entering airline service, problems started to emerge, with three Comets lost within twelve months in highly publicised accidents, after suffering catastrophic in-flight break-ups. Two of these were found to be caused by structural failure resulting from metal fatigue in the airframe, a phenomenon not fully understood at the time; the other was due to over stressing of the airframe during flight through severe weather. The Comet was withdrawn from service and extensively tested