Comet A Great British Air Disaster

The story of the rise and fall of the De Havilland Comet the world s first passenger jet airliner once considered a triumph for the British aviation industry. Designed during the Second World War it proved an instant hit with the public when it came into service in 1952 but then in the space of just four months in 1954 two aircraft blew up in mid-air killing all passengers and crew. On the direct order of prime minister Winston Churchill a team of leading aviation experts was assembled to discover what had gone wrong.

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