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de Havilland DH.106 Comet - United Kingdom, 1952

Detailing the development and operational history of the de Havilland DH.106 Comet Narrow-Body Passenger Airliner Aircraft.

 Entry last updated on 9/1/2016; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ¬©

Since retired, the de Havilland DH.106 Comet managed 114 completed examples and was introduced with BOAC in May of 1952.

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de Havilland DH.106 Comet 1 Specifications

Service Year: 1952
Type: Narrow-Body Passenger Airliner Aircraft
National Origin: United Kingdom
Manufacturer(s): de Havilland Aircraft Company - UK
Total Production: 114

Structural (Crew, Dimensions, Weights)

Operating Crew (Typical): 4
Overall Length: 91.86 feet (28 meters)
Overall Width: 114.83 feet (35.00 meters)
Overall Height: 29.53 feet (9.00 meters)

Weight (MTOW): 110,231 lb (50,000 kg)

Power / Performance (Engine Type, Top Speed)

Engine: 4 x Halford H.2 Ghost 50 turbojet engines developing 5,000 lb of thrust each.

Maximum Speed: 405 knots (466 mph; 750 kph)
Maximum Range: 1,296 nautical miles (1,491 miles; 2,400 km)

Armament / Mission Payload


Global Operators (Customers, Users)

Argentina; Australia; Canada; Ceylon (Sri Lanka); Ecuador; Egypt; France; Greece; Kenya; Kuwait; Lebanon; Malaysia; Mexico; Portugal; Saudi Arabia; Singapore; South Africa; Sudan; Tanzania; Uganda; United Kingdom

Model Variants

Comet - Base Series Name
Comet 1 - Initial production model
Comet 1A
Comet 1X
Comet 1XB
Comet 2
Comet 2X
Comet 2E
Comet T2
Comet C2
Comet 2R
Comet 3
Comet 3B
Comet 4
Comet 4B
Comet 4C
Comet 5 - Proposed version with wider fuselage and revised wings of greater sweepback; to be powered by Rolls-Royce Conway series jet engines; not built.
DH.111 "Comet Bomber" - Designed for Air Ministry Specification B35/46; not built.
Type HS.801 ("Maritime Comet") - Prototypes serving the Hawker Nimrod program for maritime patrol platform in the Royal Air Force.