G-APMF  de Havilland D.H.106 Comet 4B                                 (c/n  6426)


                                      Even before the tragic accidents which spelled the doom of the earlier Comet 1s and 2s, de Havillands
                                      had begun work on a 'stretched' version.   Hence all the knowledge gained in analyzing the failures of
                                      the early machines was incorporated into the new Mark 4 and this, along with the availability of Avon
                                      502 engines produced a small, but viable intercontinental airliner.  BEA opted for 14 of the even further
                                      stretched Mark 4B. This image of  G-APMF in typical "Red Square" livery was taken by Jennifer
                                      Gradidge in 1960 when this Comet ("William Finlay") was brand new.  Like several other BEA
                                      Comets it wound up with Dan Air in 1973 and was scrapped three years later.