Inflight200 IF106RAE0119 – 1/200 Scale DH.106 Comet 4C Diecast Model
|Length||18.0 cm||7.08 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||17.5 cm||6.89 in||Approx|
Diecast Model Features Include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage fixed extended
- Display stand included.
1/200 Scale de Havilland DH.106 Comet 4C, RAF – Inflight200 IF106RAE0119
Inflight200 IFCOMET0417 diecast model replicates in 1/200 scale the de Havilland DH.106 Comet 4C serial number XS235. Of the Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment (A&AEE) of the Royal Air Force (RAF), based at RAE Boscombe Down.
de Havilland DH.106 Comet
The de Havilland DH.106 Comet is a British narrow-bodied four-engined and the first jet airliner. The maiden flight took place on July 27, 1949, entering service on May 2, 1952, with BOAC. Development into four major variants, the Comet -1, -2, – 3 and -4.
Early service revealed severe design flaws when during 1954, two Comets suffered catastrophic structural failure in flight. Testing revealed the cause to be metal fatigue produced by stresses, not understood at the time. The Comet 4 addressed these problems and with increased range and reliability, enabled jet-powered transatlantic flights with BOAC flying the inaugural service on October 4, 1958. BOAC withdrew its last Comet 4s from service during November 1965 and the final operator Dan-Air in 1981.
On May 29, 1953, the RCAF became the first military operator of jet transports with the delivery of two Comet 1As. The RAF used the Comet 4 designated C.4. A maritime patrol variant, the Nimrod served with the RAF from 1967 until 2011.
The airframe is mostly an aluminium alloy structure with a semi-monocoque fuselage and low mounted cantilever wings. The tail is of a standard design. The retractable undercarriage is a tricycle type with the main units mount in the wings, folding outwards; the nose unit retracts rearward. Flight crew consists of four, two pilots, flight engineer and radio operator/navigator. Early models seated 36 passengers, the -4C, up to 119 passengers in a single class.
Powered by four Rolls-Royce Avon axial-flow turbojet engines, mounted in the wing roots, giving the Comet 4C a cruise speed of 845 km/h (525 mph) with a cruising altitude of 7,165 m (23,500 ft) with a range of 6,026 km (3,745 mi).
Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment
The Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment (A&AEE) was a British military aviation research facility from 1918 to 1992. It was responsible for testing armaments, along with performance and acceptance trials of new aircraft. Renamed as the Aircraft and Armament Evaluation Establishment in 1992.