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Virgin 'spaceship' pilot 'unlocked tailbooms' going through sound barrier

Mark 85 Silver badge

Re: Why...

I'm of the observation that one does NOT release the safety until one is ready to pull the trigger. Murphy is always lying in wait. Yeah.. crap happens but interlocks are there to minimize that. It's very possible the checklist said this action should be performed at this time... but all this still needs to be sorted out.

It's funny (and not in a ha-ha way), to me, if we go back over the last several days of commentard's speaking up.. the majority seemed to blame the fuel and motor even though the available photos didn't show an explosion and the observers on the ground didn't see one. I'm curious what started the feathering... mechanical failure? Servo failure? Maintenance screwup? The NTSB is very good at what they do but it will take some time to examine all the data.

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