G-APDM. de Havilland DH-106 Comet 4. c/n 6414.

 

This aircraft was built at the de Havilland Chester facility

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

Registered to British Overseas Airways Corporation

First flown as G-APDM - March 21, 1959

Powered by Rolls Royce Avon Mk 524 turbojet engines

Delivered to British Overseas Airways Corporation (B.O.A.C.) - April 16, 1959

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 Airways is not known

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

This aircraft was also used by Air Ceylon periodically on their services - April 1962

Route: London - Rome - Cairo - Bahrain - Karachi - Colombo - Kuala Lumpur - Singapore

It was damaged during an emergency landing at London (Stansted) - August 03, 1962

It was engaged in a training flight when the pilots experienced undercarriage problems

On landing the undercarriage retracted and the aircraft ended up on its belly

It was repaired and returned to service

Operated final BOAC Comet revenue service Auckland - Heathrow (Captain R. Alabaster) - November 24, 1965

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - February 27, 1967

Leased to Middle East Airlines - March 24, 1967

Entered onto the Lenanese Aircraft Register as OD-AEV - March 1967

Returned to B.O.A.C. at end of lease - June 14, 1967

Cancelled from the Lebanese Aircraft Register - ?

Leased to Malaysian Singapore Airlines - January 20, 1968

Entered onto the Singaporean Aircraft Register as 9V-BBJ - January 1968

Returned to B.O.A.C. on termination of the lease - September 06, 1968

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-APDM - September 06, 1968

Registered to British Overseas Airways Corporation

Sold to Dan-Air (London)

Registered to Dan-Air Services Ltd - September 04, 1969

Operated last revenue service - October 08, 1973

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - May 02, 1974

This aircraft was permanently withdrawn from use at London (Gatwick) and used as a ground trainer

Observed intact at London (Gatwick) in Dan-Air livery and used as a ground trainer

Observed at London (Gatwick) in all-white livery minus outer wings as a ground trainer - August 20, 1995

Broken up at London (Gatwick) - ?

 

G-APDM. BOAC - in the standard livery at Hong Kong Kai Tak Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1950-069.)

G-APDM. BOAC - in the standard livery at Hong Kong Kai Tak Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1950-070.)

G-APDM. Qantas - in the basic BOAC livery at Singapore Airport, date unknown.

(E. D. Daw Collection Copyright Image 1950-071.)

G-APDM. Qantas - in the basic BOAC livery at Singapore Airport, date unknown.

(E. D. Daw Collection Copyright Image 1950-072.)