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The DH 106 Comet Hardcover – Illustrated, 30 May 2002

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Air Britain Historians Ltd; First Edition edition (30 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851303307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851303307
  • Product Dimensions: 40.5 x 40 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,402,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The man who gave this book a one star is certainly not on this planet! He says, "...because it is not a history of the DH Comet". Poppycock!
Chapter 1 traces the development succinctly and accurately. Granted, that's in the first 27 pages but there are 367 pages in this FABULOUS book and nobody can say history is not recorded on the progression of the Comet through all its time in aviation.
I speak from having roughly 3000 hours on the Comet (4B/4C) and about 20,000 hrs on other types - so I know a bit about the subject of the Comet, and I can testify what a massive contribution Martin Painter's book is to those who loved the Comet from all angles - history included.
As a mild comparison, let us look at Timothy Walker's book on the Comet (205 pages) - Timothy 'thanked' 32 people by name and Martin 'thanked' 88 people so the depth of research and the sifting of real Comet people comes through and through reading Painter's book.
The idea of giving this book one star is just plain silly - like a good cake, Painter's book has ALL the ingredients and has been slavishly researched and the mixture is unbeatable as is the taste.
If you want one book on your bookshelf about the DeH Comet then is has to be Martin Painter's - the Comet bible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Montagu-Pollock on 19 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Martin Painter's book is an extraordinarily painstaking work, detailing the individual history of each airframe, and rich with facts and photographs. I am writing this review having owned a copy for several years. Of all the books I have on the Comet, there is nothing like this one. It has become the definitive reference, the first one I reach for to find an answer, and the most thumbed. I thoroughly recommend it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AS BUNTING on 6 Sept. 2009
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I have marked this book harshly because it is not a history of the DH Comet, regardless of the claims of its cover and the Air-Britain publicity. Instead the majority of the book, 250 pages, concerns the use and fate of each of the Comet airframes.

Despite ``25 years of research'' the author appears to have taken little time to investigate or document the origins and design philosophy of the Comet and the six written pages dedicated to this topic offer little additional information beyond the most cursory of web pages, though even those wouldn't make such gaffes as claiming that the Avon was the first axial-flow jet. Variants are introduced without any discussion of their development and little is added by the seven-page operational history.

The brief Operators and Simulators chapters provide some interesting information, the former offering sample timetables, but too soon this gives way to the interminable pages of minutiae about check flights, routine airline operations and transfers between airlines or units. Whilst ownership details and flight hours are recorded in excruciating detail there is complete opacity with regard to less accessible history, such as the antics and equipment of 51 Squadron's Comets.

Admittedly there are dozens of unique photographs and there may well be several fascinating anecdotes, but to find them you will have to read each of the airframe entries in sequence. I could manage about two at each sitting before tedium seized my mortal mind.

If you would like to know what damage G-APDT suffered during a landing-gear failure in Baghdad then this might be your five-star choice. If, however, you want to learn how and by whom the Comet was designed and built, what it was like for its passengers and how it changed British aero-engineering then this book will leave you disappointed and very much out-of-pocket.
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DH-106 COMET 17 Jan. 2004
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Format: Hardcover
THIS BOOK IS THE MOST COMPLETE HISTORY ON THE B.O.A.C DH-106 COMET . IT INCLUDES PICTURES(BOTH B&W AND COLOR) , DIAGRAMS, SIDEVIEWS, SURVIVOR ACOUNTS,AND MORE !!!!.
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