BLAZING A TRAIL

“We have got the taps right open”. So read one of the radio messages passed from British Overseas Airways Corporation DH Comet 4 G-APDB to a sister aircraft as they made the first commercial jet flight across the Atlantic, between New York and London, 60 years ago — and injected new hope into the troubled Comet story

TRANS-ATLANTIC COMET

One intrepid photographer gets an especially close-up view as Comet 4 G-APDB touches down at London Airport on the early evening of 4 October 1958, having completed BOAC’s — and the world’s — first commercial jet flight across the Atlantic
AEROPLANE

Imagine a new airliner, one seen as vital to a whole country’s future civil aviation prospects, departing for its inaugural scheduled service today.

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