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31st Mar 2002, 15:49
The Comet made it's first scheduled flight from Heathrow to Johannesburg in May 1952. I think this was two years before the Boeing 707 made it's maiden flight.

Does anybody have any info about celebrations planned to commemorate this outstanding achievement?


31st Mar 2002, 17:16
The Dan-Air Staff Association and other Comet buffs, will be holding a dinner and other commemorative events at the RAF Museum Cosford on 2ndMay2002. Contact the D.A.S.A . at "Dolbybrook",Ifield Road,Charlwood, Surrey,RH6 0DR. or www.danair.webcentral.com.au for further info. Weather and committments permitting, DASA is working to provide some level of flying display featuring other fine De-Havilland products. For those who can get to RAF Cosford, it sounds like a wondeful commemoration of a fabulous aircraft.

Lu Zuckerman
31st Mar 2002, 18:09
There is a fully restored (externally) DH Comet at rest just outside of the Aviation maintenance Technical School which is a division of the Everett Community College in Everett, Washington.

I believe that most of the work and the external painting was performed by Boeing Personnel.

3rd Apr 2002, 15:27
Some further information for the true aviation buff who appreciated the contribution of the Comet. For those in the UK who can make it to RAF Cosford on 02May2002 and need details, please contact

Sheila Horton 01509-508-208 or e-mail [email protected] or Captain Bryn Wayt 01435-864937 or e-mail [email protected], or [email protected].

Anybody in the UK who can make it ,should join the good people of Dan-Air who flew more of them and longer than anybody else, in raising a glass or three of Theakstons to the original Gracefull Lady.

Tartan Giant
5th Apr 2002, 09:34
Try this website for all you need regarding the 2nd May 2002




6th Apr 2002, 02:53
May 2002 Comet CELEBRATION Event
R.A.F. Museum Cosford opens at 10.00 hrs. and admission is free.
Comet 2002 attendees “Check In” at the Main Building.
Timetable for the day (Subject to alteration)

13.50hrs. Attendees to be seated in Lecture Theatre, Main Building.
1400hrs. Official Opening and Welcome.
1405hrs. RAF Chaplain’s Dedication and Prayer
1410hrs. VIP Address
1430hrs View the Comet (1XB) G-APAS
1500hrs. Flypast (RAF Kinloss Nimrod subject to approvals)
1505hrs “Comet” Book Launch and signing by Graham Simons
1530hrs. Martin Painter’s audio/visual presentation “Where is she
1600hrs Scott Henderson’s Comet slide presentation.
1630hrs. Tour the de Havilland Comet Panel Exibition.
Meet the deHavilland historians-Photo Opportunities with deHavilland Comet notables.

1930 to 2000hrs. Comet Cocktails
2000hrs Seated for Celebration Dinner.
For those attending the Event, please send the names of those in the party, their titles and affiliations (eg. DASA member,BOAC,BEA,GAPAN, 216 Sqdn., Etc) to:-
Mrs. S.C. Horton, 3,Ploughmans Drive, Shepshed, Loughborough.
Leics. LE12 9SG or Email:- [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]>

Tickets will be issued and these will be needed for “Check In” to attend the various functions and for Security.
If attending the Dinner, please fill in the above details next to the names on your Dinner Slip.