The first flight of the de Havilland Comet

Sir Geoffrey de Havilland could never have imagined that his 67th birthday would change the course of commercial air travel forever

On July 27, 1949, aviation history was made. The prototype of the de Havilland Comet, the world’s first pressurised commercial jet liner, made its inaugural flight – an immense source of national pride at a time when the sun was rising on the dawn of a new age in passenger air travel. The flight coincided with the birthday of Sir Geoffrey de Havilland himself, ensuring it was a birthday to remember for the aviation pioneer.

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