In July 1949, de Havilland unveiled the Comet airliner - and the age of the passenger jet was born. For a brief space of time, Britain was considered the world leader in long-range passenger jet travel - and then the Comets started to crash...'Comet in the News' is a totally unique video chronicling the history of this hugely impressive - but also fatally flawed - British Airliner. It collects together over 30 different news reports on the Comet from the distinguished ITN News Archive, including original cinema newsreels and much material never released before. From a visit to the de Havilland aircraft factory in the late 1940's to film of the D106 in 1949 and the first flight of the Comet Prototype right through the introduction of the Nimrod maritime reconnaissance aircraft and the Comets last flight in 1996, 'Comet in the News' brings alive the story of this potentially world-beating aircraft. There are reports on the Comet visiting Moscow, Johannesburg and Sydney and returning home after its record-beating world flight in 1956 and transatlantic flight of 1958, as well of coverage of the conversion for BOAC service in 1968 and BEA adopting the Comet in 1959.