G-APDL. de Havilland DH-106 Comet 4. c/n 6413.


This aircraft was built at the de Havilland Hatfield facility

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-APDL - May 02, 1957

Registered to British Overseas Airways Corporation

First flown as G-APDL - April 27, 1959

Powered by Rolls Royce Avon Mk 524 turbojet engines

Delivered to British Overseas Airways Corporation (B.O.A.C.) - May 06, 1959

Operated the inaugural London (Heathrow) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) service - November 01, 1959

Route: London - Beirut - Karachi - Singapore - Sydney

This aircraft was one of six Comet 4 aircraft wet-leased by Qantas Empire Airways from 1959 to 1963

Qantas added additional Australia - United Kingdom weekly services with the chartered Comets

The aircraft were operated on the London (Heathrow) - Singapore - London (Heathrow) sector

The inaugural Qantas Comet service was operated London (Heathrow) - Singapore - November 07, 1959

Route: London - Athens - Teheran - Colombo - Kuala Lumpur - Singapore

The aircraft carried 'Qantas' titles on the cabin roof in place of the standard 'B.O.A.C.' titles

Repeater titles were sometimes applied to the pinion fuel tanks

All aircraft were crewed by B.O.A.C. flight and cabin crew

The exact dates when this particular aircraft was wet-leased by Qantas is not known

The final Qantas Comet 4 revenue service was flown Singapore - London as QF745-053 - May 30, 1963

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - October 01, 1965

Leased to East African Airways - October 08, 1965

Entered onto the Kenyan Aircraft Register as 5Y-ADD - October 08, 1965

Returned to B.O.A.C. at end of lease - March 1967

Cancelled from the Kenyan Aircraft Register - ?

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-APDL - April 03, 1967

Sold to Dan-Air Services Ltd - January 14, 1969

The aircraft was damaged beyond repair in landing accident at Newcastle (Woolsington) - October 07, 1970

The crew failed to carry out a proper pre-landing check whilst practising a flapless landing

The aircraft landed on the runway with the wheels retracted

Four crew members and five passengers were uninjured

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - April 01, 1971

Broken up on site at Newcastle by Dan-Air


G-APDL. Qantas - in the basic BOAC livery at London Heathrow Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1950-055.)