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Comet! The World's First Jet Airliner Hardcover – February 19, 2014
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It confirmed that the string of disasters began with some instances of pilot error, for which the public generally accepted the plane was blameless, but quite rapidly reached a crescendo with at least two monstrous structural failures and losses of all on board. The reasons for these were quite rapidly determined, but the public's trust, at least in the outer reaches of the Empire in which I lived, was pretty thoroughly blown. By the time the aircraft had technically "got back on its feet" with the defects remedied sufficient time had passed that its main American rival, the Boeing 707, was
going into service. Benefitting from the knowledge gained from the Comet troubles, which was generously shared around, and buoyed by its
superior size, commercial viability and the Comet's damaged reputation the 707 swept the floor as far as sales went, as did the similar and closely contemporary Douglas DC8. The rejigged Comet was relegated to a minor role in jet passenger transport and lasted only a few further years in main line service with BOAC and BEA.
It was surprising to learn that almost 50 more of the redesigned machines were built. After a few years service on scheduled routes most ended up with minor airlines and charter services and were not totally removed from service until quite late in the 1970's.Read more ›
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Interesting book that describes the idiocy of period British aircraft manufacturersPublished 11 months ago by James Keeler