Comments for http://deltawww.live.bbc.co.uk/blogs/photoblog/2009/09/recession_road_the_comet.html http://deltawww.live.bbc.co.uk/blogs/photoblog/2009/09/recession_road_the_comet.html en-gb 30 Sat 31 Jan 2015 07:38:01 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://deltawww.live.bbc.co.uk/blogs/photoblog/2009/09/recession_road_the_comet.html munderhill http://deltawww.live.bbc.co.uk/blogs/photoblog/2009/09/recession_road_the_comet.html?page=91#comment11 As has been commented the comet DH88 was the Grosvenor House racing plane that won the London to Australia race and can be seen at Old Warden. My contribution if of interest is that when I was an apprentice at British Aerospace we were tasked with replacing many parts of the Comet to make it airworthy once again including the joystick and much of the undercarriage only to see it collapse on landing at the Hatfield airshow. Thu 17 Sep 2009 12:11:09 GMT+1 former_BAe_worker http://deltawww.live.bbc.co.uk/blogs/photoblog/2009/09/recession_road_the_comet.html?page=83#comment10 What happens to the univerity?It carries on as it did before when British Aerospace shut down and companies like T-Mobile moved in.I worked for British Aerospace, on the former DH site for 14 years. The T-Mobile building stands where the building that I used to work in, once stood. In the early 1990s production of the BAe 146 at Hatfield stopped and was moved to BAe Woodford,near Manchester. Thousands of workers were made redundant so that a BAe subsidiary company, Arlington (aka British Housingspace) could turn the site into a business park.I was lucky and walked straight into another job with an IT company.Some employees were given the opportunity, and chose to relocate to Woodford, but many, like me were made redundant. Those that relocated lost their jobs a few years later, when production of the 146 ceased altogether in 2001/2.Today it has been announced that BAe Woodford will now close completely. Tue 15 Sep 2009 11:24:45 GMT+1 DigitalTeapot http://deltawww.live.bbc.co.uk/blogs/photoblog/2009/09/recession_road_the_comet.html?page=75#comment9 Quite a few have noted that the model shown here is the DH88 Comet racer. Of course, a little further up the A1 at Old Warden just off the A1 at Biggleswade is the real thing, and it's still airworthy too. It's at the Shuttleworth Collection, open every day for all to see. Tue 15 Sep 2009 09:57:28 GMT+1 NotAPilot http://deltawww.live.bbc.co.uk/blogs/photoblog/2009/09/recession_road_the_comet.html?page=66#comment8 You don't need to go much further up the GNR. If you turn round and face away from the Comet (which was not a pub but a hotel, last time I looked), you should be able to see the headquarters of T-Mobile UK. I worked there until a couple of months ago, when my job and a lot of others were exported to India.When I started, the DH airfield was still visible, even a last lonely plane (which you can still spot on Google Earth). It was gradually built over, replaced by a Business Park, an expanded University and houses. Now the Business Park jobs are disappearing, not just from my old workplace as it goes Orange, but from all its neighbours whose businesses expanded in the good times only to discover now that they are not as recession-proof as they thought. Without all that business, what happens to the University, and to the people who live in the houses? There are two programmes to be made, right there - and can I be "Creative Consultant" please? Mon 14 Sep 2009 20:20:29 GMT+1 Ganymede22 http://deltawww.live.bbc.co.uk/blogs/photoblog/2009/09/recession_road_the_comet.html?page=58#comment7 @Britishsubject: presumably the 3000 or so University employees don't have 'proper' jobs, then? Mon 14 Sep 2009 12:30:30 GMT+1 Fingertapper http://deltawww.live.bbc.co.uk/blogs/photoblog/2009/09/recession_road_the_comet.html?page=50#comment6 What, exactly, has a brief dissertion into 1950's airliners got to do with the current recession and its effects on or near the A1? Why do you then compound it with a duff bit of aircraft recognition?The deHavilland Comet clearly isn't going to be your Specialist Subject so perchance you should progress a bit further up the Great North Road. See for yourself the thousands of men and women who find themselves on the dole because of the gross misjudgements of a bunch of financiers in London, New York and elsewhere. Meanwhile reflect on the fact that you appear to hold a privileged position which allows you to "explore the world of photojournalism" - one assumes at licence-payers' expense. This is going to go down a bundle with the unemployed and dispossessed you will meet on your travels. Reflect on the contrast between their lot and your own and between their lot and the increasingly-rehabilitated financiers and you may just start to understand the anger and cynicism currently afflicting the nation.Please try to convince me this isn't just another expense account jolly to the Working Class Zoo Mon 14 Sep 2009 11:00:33 GMT+1 HughLacey http://deltawww.live.bbc.co.uk/blogs/photoblog/2009/09/recession_road_the_comet.html?page=41#comment5 It is not a Comet Airliner or a Mosquito - it is a DH88 de Havilland Racing Comet Mon 14 Sep 2009 10:36:37 GMT+1 stephenginns http://deltawww.live.bbc.co.uk/blogs/photoblog/2009/09/recession_road_the_comet.html?page=33#comment4 Silly Sausage! It's a model of the DH88 Comet Racer - which flew from London to Australia in the 1930s - not the DH106 Comet jet airliner! Mon 14 Sep 2009 10:17:08 GMT+1 BritishSubject http://deltawww.live.bbc.co.uk/blogs/photoblog/2009/09/recession_road_the_comet.html?page=25#comment3 That's the Comet racer, not the jet airliner !Adjacent is the new Uni campus on the site of the De Havilland factory. Lots of students but no proper jobs anymore. Mon 14 Sep 2009 10:12:30 GMT+1 Fringford_Sue http://deltawww.live.bbc.co.uk/blogs/photoblog/2009/09/recession_road_the_comet.html?page=16#comment2 Sorry to spoil the story, but the model isn't of the Comet airliner, but of the earlier Comet racer, which won the England-Australia Air Race in 1934. Mon 14 Sep 2009 10:08:59 GMT+1 sporpo http://deltawww.live.bbc.co.uk/blogs/photoblog/2009/09/recession_road_the_comet.html?page=8#comment1 Sorry - that isn't the Comet airliner - that's the original Comet from the 1920's, winner of the first air race from London to Australia. It's a twin propeller airplane, not a 4-jet pressurised airliner! Mon 14 Sep 2009 10:05:42 GMT+1 InningsHW http://deltawww.live.bbc.co.uk/blogs/photoblog/2009/09/recession_road_the_comet.html?page=0#comment0 It is indeed the Comet pub, but the model is a Mosquito, designed at Salisbury Hall and built at Hatfield. The propellors are a bit of a giveaway that it isn't a jet plane! Mon 14 Sep 2009 10:02:31 GMT+1