Museum of Flight, East Fortune
- De Havilland Comet 4C
The De Havilland Comet first flew in 1949 and was the world's first jet powered passenger airliner. However, pioneering jet aircraft meant that it encountered new problems - metal fatigue. By the time the problem had been resolved, the Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8 had entered the skies and the Comet struggled to catch up.
The airliner in the Museum of Flight started life in 1961 in the RAF as a Comet C4 XR399. When it was retired from RAF service in 1975, it was sold to Dan Air London and registered as G-BDIX and flew with that independent airline until 1980. When the aircraft was flown into East Fortune in 1981 it was the last Comet to fly in commercial colours.
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