July 27, 1949 CE – The De Havilland Comet Takes to the Sky

July 27, 1949 CE – The De Havilland Comet Takes to the Sky4.3 (86.67%) 3 votes *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Few advancements of the 20th century have done more to shrink the world than the jet engine, a piece of technology which successfully lifted the first prototype airliner off the ground on July 27, 1949. Britain’s de Havilland Comet, an airframe six years in the making, spent a half-hour in the air above Hatfield and initiated the age of fast, high-altitude travel that now makes it possible for travelers to be on the other side of the planet in just a matter of hours. The Comet 1’s sleek design, a […]