Friday Fact – Comet
Say the word Comet and a lot of people in aviation will instantly think of the mid-air breakups caused by square windows accelerating metal fatigue. What is far less known is that 2 out of the Comet Mk1’s first 5 accidents were down to the square windows and after the problem was fixed, a further 101 were built.
The Comet had a long career with the last ‘pure’ version taking to the skies for its last flight in 1997. However, as the RAF Nimrod was a direct decendent of the Comet, it could be argued that the world’s first airliner lived on until 2011, not bad for an old lady that first flew in 1951.