First Comet Over Paris

This image shows a Comet 1A registration F-BGNX. It was one of the first Comet 1A aircraft to fly with Air France, introduced in 1953 to help turn the airline into a truly international carrier. The Comet suffered three catastrophic crashes. Investigation at the RAE Farnborough found these to be a direct result the window shape leading to minute cracks and resulting in metal fatigue This aircraft’s fuselage was one of two made ready for testing but only the first was ever used. The fuselage has become an important part of British aviation history and is on display at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum, London Colney, Hertfordshire, UK.

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First Comet Over Paris