The best storage facility in Britain… part 3 – the De Havilland Comet 4B

We continue our look at stuff in store at probably the best storage facility in Britain – the Science Museum’s large object store – at Wroughton in Wiltshire.

The De Havilland Comet started a global travel revolution. As the first commercial jetliner  to enter service it set the benchmark for inter-continental travel.

Wroughton is home to Comet 4B, serial number 6438. The aircaft G-APYD was in service from the early 60’s before finally coming to Wroughton on 1 November 1979.

De Havilland Comet G-APYD on the runway at Wrougton.

The Comet ‘4’ was the last in the line of Comet aircraft – but not the final derivative of the airframe to fly.

The ultra-observant  amongst you will have noticed more than a striking resemblance to the RAF Nimrod – retired from service just two months ago (June 2011).  The Nimrod was originally developed from a modified Comet airframe – resulting in the aerodynamically efficient shape of the aircraft remaining in some form of operational service for almost 60 years.

 

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