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    Comet! The World's First Jet Airliner (Hardback) By (author) Graham M. Simons

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    DescriptionThis 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.


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    Title
    Comet! The World's First Jet Airliner
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Graham M. Simons
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 215 mm
    Height: 276 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 907 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781781592793
    ISBN 10: 1781592799
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T12.6
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC E4L: TRA
    BIC subject category V2: WGM
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 520
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027140
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    Abridged Dewey: 355
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14370
    LC classification: UG
    DC23: 629.133349
    Thema V1.0: JWCM, WGM
    Illustrations note
    150 colour and mono illustrations
    Publisher
    Pen & Sword Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Pen & Sword Aviation
    Publication date
    19 March 2014
    Publication City/Country
    South Yorkshire
    Author Information
    Graham Simons is a highly regarded Aviation historian with extensive contacts within the field. He is the author of Mosquito: The Original Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (2011), B-17 - The Fifteen Ton Flying Fortress (2011), and Valkyrie: The North American XB-70 (also 2011), all published by Pen and Sword Books. He lives near Peterborough.