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Blast from the Past: BOAC De Havilland Comet 3 G-ANLO at YVR in 1955


This vintage video was shot from the tarmac at YVR and captures a "new" aircraft touching down at Vancouver International Airport in 1955. The bird belonged to the British Overseas Airway Corporation (BOAC), which merged with the British European Airways in the '70s to form the airline known today as British Airways.

According to the Royal BC Museum Archives:

The Comet 3, which flew for the first time on 19 July 1954, was a Comet 2 lengthened by 15 ft 5 in (4.70 m) and powered by Avon M502 engines developing 10,000 lb. The variant added wing pinion tanks, and offered greater capacity and range. The Comet 3 was destined to remain a development series since it did not incorporate the fuselage-strengthening modifications of the later series aircraft, and was not able to be fully pressurized. Only two Comet 3s began construction with G-ANLO, the only airworthy Comet 3, demonstrated at the Farnborough SBAC Show in September 1954.

In BOAC colours, G-ANLO was flown by John Cunningham in a marathon round-the-world promotional tour in December 1955.

Edited excerpts from BC Archives video V1995:01/011.02 item #1 (source film: F1994:02/015), Royal BC Museum. Original 16 mm footage shot by Alfred E. Booth.

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