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

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Re: Why are these guys even in charge?

"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."

Comet losses at altitude due to metal fatigue on the pressure cabin, and cracks beginning at the corners of the squarish window apertures. DeHavilland reproduced the effect by accelerated stress testing. Comet was the beta version of the high altitude jet powered passenger aircraft and every passenger jet that has flown since owes it a debt.

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