To my abject horror I noticed I’ve never built anything by De Havilland. In recompense I give you the Comet 1. This is also coincides rather nicely with the 100th anniversary of British airways (we’ve all seen the ad on TV!) and was the first jet aircraft operated by the forerunner of BA, BOAC.
The de Havilland DH 106 Comet was the worlds first commercial jet airliner first taking to the air in 1949 with service commencing in 1952. Being relatively quiet and cutting flight times by a considerable margin she was an immediate market pleaser. Commercial success was curtailed by a series of catastrophic mid air break ups caused by the little known phenomenon of metal fatigue.
The issue was addressed but sales never recovered. The majestic Comet had pioneered the way into the unknown and taught aircraft manufacturers invaluable lessons.
Some notes on this build.
I don’t have 1.8 yet. Performance is a little slow at low altitude - I wanted a realistic cruising speed at height without it going supersonic!
I also carefully selected a registration number that was not involved in mid air break up for this build as that would be a little morbid.
- GhostHTX 9 days ago
- Created On iOS
- Wingspan 114.3ft (34.8m)
- Length 93.1ft (28.4m)
- Height 27.2ft (8.3m)
- Empty Weight 66,067lbs (29,967kg)
- Loaded Weight 98,625lbs (44,735kg)
- Power/Weight Ratio 0.683
- Wing Loading 38.8lbs/ft2 (189.6kg/m2)
- Wing Area 2,540.2ft2 (236.0m2)
- Drag Points 27251
- Number of Parts 420
- Control Surfaces 8