Reply to post: Re: Why are these guys even in charge?

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

Vic

Re: Why are these guys even in charge?

After all if de Havilland had investigated the early Comet crashes who knows what they might have found the cause to be.

A number of the Comet crashes were nothing to do with De Havilland - they were due to pilot error.

The Comet first flew in 1949 - only just after the War. Many of the pilots allocated it to fly it were used to flying heavy old prop-driven buses with cable controls.

The Comet, being a jet aircraft and sporting hydraulic controls, flew differently; perhaps the biggest problem a pilot faced was over-rotation on takeoff. This was unheard of on earlier aircraft, but with the Comet, you could rotate to the extent that the wings lost lift - essentially, a stall on takeoff. That'll crash any aircraft.

Vic.

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