First Flight of the Comet Jet Airliner
In 1949 the de Havilland Aircraft Company introduced the world to the age of the Jet airliner. The idea was conceived in 1943 but it wasn’t until 27 July 1949 that the prototype of the D.H.106 first flew from Hatfield, with a single main undercarriage and rectangular windows.
As a teenager Albert Jackson, living in Hatfield Garden village, witnessed the Comet’s first test flight from Hatfield and managed to take photographs of the plane flying over the rooftops.
Listen to Albert’s memories as well as two others who also remember the first flight of the Comet Jet Airliner