The prestige of British aviation soars into the clouds as the new Comet IV an improved and much test model of the unhappy aircraft that had serious setbacks several years ago, took to the air.
L.V. "Comet IV" jet airliner takes off past camera.
C.U.Aerial V... Comet IV flying above clouds.
L.V. Comet IV flys over camera.
S.V. Comet IV lands.
L.V. Comet IV taxis along runway.
L.V. Group Captain John Cunningham down steps from plane.
C.U. Group Captain Cunningham talks with officials.
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Background: The prestige of British aviation soars into the clouds as the new Comet IV an improved and much test model of the unhappy aircraft that had serious setbacks several years ago, took to the air.
This GBP1,000,000 jet airliner was piloted by Group Captain John Cunningham -------- 'Cats' eyes' Cunningham---- who has nursed it through the trials. Later in the year Group Capt. Cunningham will commence tropical tests in South Africa and, later still, Artic flights will be made.
On being question about the performance of the Mark IV, at the De Havilland Company's testing site at Hatfield in Hertfordshire, the Group Captain said that he had cruised the plane between 500 and 520 mph, with occasional burst of 540 mph.
He showed great confidence in the liner and said, "She's wonderful. She handles well and did every thing that was expected of her."
The Mark IV has twice the power of the original models and will carry a greater pay-load. Once she is operational Britain will again be able to challenge the American airliner competition.