G-APDP. de Havilland DH-106 Comet 4. c/n 6417.


 

Built at the de Havilland Chester facility

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-APDP - October 14, 1957

Registered to British Overseas Airways Corporation

First flown as G-APDP - May 29, 1959

Powered by Rolls Royce Avon Mk 524 turbojet engines

Delivered to British Overseas Airways Corporation (B.O.A.C.) - June 11, 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

Aircraft were operated on the London (Heathrow) - Singapore - London (Heathrow) sector

The inaugural Qantas Comet service was operated London (Heathrow) - Singapore - November 7, 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

Operated the inaugural London (Heathrow) - Toronto Comet service - March 1, 1960

Used by Air Ceylon periodically on their services - April 1962

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

Leased to Malaysian Singapore Airlines - November 30, 1967

Entered onto the Singaporean Aircraft Register as 9V-BBH - November 3, 1967

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - November 30, 1967

Returned to B.O.A.C. at end of lease - January 23, 1968

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-APDP - January 23, 1968

Sold to Dan-Air Services Ltd - February 2, 1972

Registered to Dan-Air Services Ltd - March 1, 1972

Operated last revenue service - March 3, 1973

Withdrawn from use and stored at Lasham

Sold to Ministry of Defence - May 31, 1973

Allocated to Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE), Farnborough

Entered onto the British Military Aircraft Register as XX944 - June 8, 1973

Utilised in Nimrod development work

Withdrawn from service at Farnborough - April 1975

Scrapped at Farnborough - August 1984

 


 

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