Comet! The World's First Jet Airliner (Hardback)
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This new volume from the respected and well-regarded aviation historian and author Graham Simons is sure to appeal to all aviation enthusiasts, including as it does a wide array of historical sources and archival information drawn together into one consolidated volume – the closest to a definitive study of the craft than any produced before.
Extensively illustrated throughout, the book features details lifted directly from enquiry and salvage reports, much of which has never been published before and offers a unique insight into the failures and tragedies that blighted the early days of development, laying down lessons that were ultimately to benefit later designs. As part of his research into the book, the author met and interviewed Harry Povey, the De Havilland Production Manager and John Cunningham, the Comet test pilot who would be the first to experience flight at the helms of the iconic craft. Both of these first hand accounts are relayed in the book, adding a deeper sense of authenticity and a more personalised account of proceedings than facts and reports alone are able to achieve.
Attention is also paid to the derivative Nimrod design, and the book features an interview that the author conducted with the aircraft commander of the last ever Nimrod operational flight. Interviews of this kind are supplemented by the author's own narrative of proceedings, setting personal experience within historical context and exploring the themes and historical topics that the interviews evoke.
Simons' work is a masterpiece of the most diligent research and extraordinary detail and surely represents the definitive study of the Comet, right from the first meeting of the Brabazon Committee in 1942 up to the debacle and scrapping of Nimrod in 2010.Royal Aeronautical Society
This is a terrific book. Very strongly recommended.
A solid book of such scope that you'll probably consult it for a lot more than just Comet material.Speed Readers
The author has researched diligently, written in a convincing and entertaining manner, and the work has been lavishly illustrated throughout with drawings, sketches and photograph. This is an outstanding account of the life of the Comet. British readers will be saddened by the story because of its outcome, but all readers will find inspiration and achievement in the tale.Firetrench reviews