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The plane that changed the world


The plane that changed the world

With more than 300 illustrations in colour and monochrome, and unique new research, we believe this is the most comprehensive work yet published on the Comet.


For each generation there is a machine, often a vehicle, that is prized for much more than its mechanical purpose. The de Havilland Comet was one such; from its very first flight it won a place in the public heart that few other aeroplanes could rival. Even today, long after the last Comet has been grounded, its distinctive shape still stirs pride and passion. The next time you see a road sign pointing to an airport, you will probably be looking at the beautiful silhouette of an aircraft which left both triumph and tragedy in its wake and changed the world forever. Four years after the end of the Second World War, at a small airfield in Hertfordshire, a brief event marked the greatest advance in civil aviation since the Wright brothers. The prototype of de Havilland’s Comet airliner took off, climbed to 10,000 feet, carried out some simple manoeuvres and safely returned 30 minutes later. The press, who had already left, missed the most important first flight in British history. We had entered the Jet Age; the world had shrunk, and Britain would soon reap massive benefits, followed by tragedy and loss. Seventy years later, the Comet’s legacy still reverberates.

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Ron Beaumont

" excellent read and the author is to be congratulated for writing such a finely illustrated story of the aircraft."

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Ian Hobgen

"The best I've seen. Its fascinating, full of photos and a job to put down, well worth the money and I would recommend to any Comet enthusiast."

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James McNeill

"... a great book with a spectacular selection of photographs and period artwork... If, like me, you are a Comet fan, I would recommend it to you."


Frank Daniels

"Great photos, excellent info."

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Stephen Jones

"...a lovely informative read."


Alan Dunn

 "A very interesting book and well worth purchasing."


Wilson Adams

"Excellent Read!"

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