G-APDR. de Havilland DH-106 Comet 4. c/n 6418.

 

This aircraft was built at the de Havilland Chester facility

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

Registered to British Overseas Airways Corporation

First flown as G-APDR - July 09, 1959

Powered by Rolls Royce Avon Mk 524 turbojet engines

Delivered to British Overseas Airways Corporation (B.O.A.C.) - July 20, 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

It was sold to Mexicana Airways - December 1964

Entered onto the Mexican Aircraft Register as XA-NAZ - December 03, 1964

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - December 07, 1964

Reregistered as XA-NAP - ?

Sold to Channel Airways for spare parts - June 25, 1971

Ferried Mexico City - London (Stansted) as XA-NAP - ?

The aircraft's fuselage was used by the Stansted Airport Authority Fire School as training aid - June 1972

Observed in all-white livery as XA-NAP on its belly at the Stansted fire dump - May 07, 1973

Broken up at London (Stansted) - 1973