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SINC 04 October 2013 13:29
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On October 4, 1958, the airliner DeHavilland Comet 4 was the first jet aircraft that made a transatlantic voyage with passengers. Two identical aircraft owned by British Overseas Airways Corporation with capacity for 78 people took off from London and New York, respectively, to the other side of the Atlantic.

The Comet 4 which departed from the UK had to stop to refuel on the Canadian island of Newfoundland, but was able to complete the route to New York in a time of 10 hours and 22 minutes.

Despite the milestone, the welcome was not particularly affectionate. According to testimonies from passengers of that flight, when they landed and headed to the airport terminal were booed by dozens of people.

Meanwhile, the plane that went from U.S. to London made ​​a flight much faster by favorable tail wind. This circumstance allowed the aircraft to cross the ocean without refueling in record time for the time, 6 hours and 11 minutes.

By then, there were several companies operating in the London-New York, but the planes were flying with propeller engines and travel times were dilated to more than 14 hours. Besides, it was necessary to make several stops on different islands of the Atlantic to refuel and complete the journey.

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