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5/02/1952: First Commercial Jet Flies to South Africa

DALLAS – Today in Aviation, the first scheduled jet flight bound for Johannesburg, South Africa, left London in 1952 with 36 passengers. The flight was operated by BOAC, the first airline to introduce a passenger jet, the de Havilland Comet, into commercial service. 

The Johannesburg-bound Comet, designated G-ALYP by BOAC, flew at 450-500 mph at 35-40,000 feet, covering 6,700 miles in 23 hours and 20 minutes, with stops in Rome, Beirut, Khartoum, Entebbe, and Livingstone. The return flight to London took place three days later, on May 5, 1952.

The flight to Johannesburg lasted 18 hours and 40 minutes. An alternative route that bypassed read more ⇒

Source:: “Airways Magazine”

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