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De Havilland DH 106 Comet Jetliner Story
This is wonderful documentary titled, "The First Jetliner" produced in 1990 by Chicago's Public Television station, WTTW. It's about the world's first production pure jet airliner, the British built De Havilland DH 106 Comet and the major impact it had on the postwar airline industry. The program presents the complete story of the De Havilland Comet. Comments by people who were instrumental in the making of the Comet are included such as Comet project engineer, David Newman and Comet test pilot, John Cunningham. It also discusses the jet airliners that would compete against the Comet in the late 50's, the American built Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8. Finally, the program looks at a group of people, many of them members of the O'Hare Rotary Club, who were dismantling for preservation a former Mexicana De Havilland Comet. This Comet, XA-NAS, had an interesting and very short ownership following its' years with Mexicana from 1959 to 1970. In 1976, Dick Drost, owner of "Naked City", a nudist colony in Indiana, purchased XA-NAS (by now registered N999WA). It was then flown to Chicago's O'Hare Field. Unfortunately, Mr. Drost couldn't afford the payments for the Comet. Consequently, it sat for years on the northeast side of O'Hare near the Illinois Air Guard base eventually becoming derelict in condition (during these years it sort of sat as an unofficial "gate guard" where thousands of people driving to O'Hare every day via the east expressway entrance could view the Comet to the right of their vehicles) . Years later in the late 1980's, the O'Hare Rotary Club came forward in an attempt to save the ailing Comet with hopes of disassembling it and then eventually turning it over to the National Air & Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution at Washington D.C. for reassembly and display. Sadly, after this program originally aired, this De Havilland Comet would be scrapped in 1993 after plans and especially funds fell though to save her. My apologies regarding the first few seconds missing from this television program. Anyway, hope you enjoy this well presented bit of aviation and airline history by Chicago's Public Broadcasting television station, WTTW. Happy Landings!





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Air Crash Investigation 2015: BOAC Flight 781 DeHavilland Comet 'Mid Air Explosion'
Air Crash Investigation 2015: BOAC Flight 781 DeHavilland Comet 'Mid Air Explosion' On Sunday 10 January 1954, British Overseas Airways Corporation Flight 781, a de Havilland DH.106 Comet 1, registered G-ALYP,[1] took off from Ciampino Airport in Rome, Italy, en route to Heathrow Airport in London, England, on the final leg of its flight from Singapore. At about 10:51 GMT, the aircraft suffered an explosive decompression at altitude and crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, killing everyone on board. The accident aircraft was the third Comet built.[2] Gerry Bull, a former BOAC engineer, said that when he inspected the aircraft in Rome he looked for "incidental damage". He did not find any, so he believed Flight 781 was fit for flight. Bull and the same team of engineers later examined South African Airways Flight 201 before its final flight.[3] On 10 January 1954, the flight took off at 09:34 GMT for the final-stage flight to London. At about 09:50 GMT BOAC Argonaut, G-ALHJ piloted by Captain Johnson, which was flying the same route at a lower altitude was in contact with Captain Gibson. During a radio communication about weather conditions, the conversation was abruptly cut off. The last words heard from Captain Gibson were "George How Jig, did you get my -". Soon afterwards wreckage was seen falling into the sea by fishermen. Heathrow Airport initially listed Flight 781 as being delayed; around 1:30 PM the airport took the flight off the arrivals board.[3] There is speculation that it was shot down? Was it? On Sunday 10 January 1954, British Overseas Airways Corporation Flight 781, a de Havilland DH.106 Comet 1 registered G-ALYP, took off from Ciampino Airport in Rome, Italy, en route to Heathrow Airport in London, England, on the final leg of its flight from Singapore. At about 10:51 GMT, the aircraft suffered an explosive decompression at altitude and crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, killing everyone on board. The accident aircraft G-ALYP was the third Comet built. Gerry Bull, a former BOAC engineer, said that when he inspected the aircraft in Rome he looked for "incidental damage". He did not find any, so he believed Flight 781 was fit for flight. Bull and the same team of engineers later examined South African Airways Flight 201 before its final flight. On 10 January 1954, the flight took off at 09:34 GMT for the final-stage flight to London. At about 09:50 GMT BOAC Argonaut, G-ALHJ piloted by Captain Johnson, which was flying the same route at a lower altitude was in contact with Captain Gibson. During a radio communication about weather conditions, the conversation was abruptly cut off. The last words heard from Captain Gibson were "George How Jig, did you get my ...". Soon afterwards wreckage was seen falling into the sea by fishermen. Heathrow Airport initially listed Flight 781 as being delayed; around 1:30 PM the airport took the flight off the arrivals board. Official findings concerning BOAC Flight 781 and South African Airways Flight 201 were released jointly on 1 February 1955, in Civil Aircraft Accident Report of the Court of Inquiry into the Accidents to Comet G-ALYP on 10 January 1954 and Comet G-ALYY on 8 April 1954. After the equivalent of 3,000 flights simulated with G-ALYU, investigators at the RAE were able to conclude that the crash of G-ALYP had been due to failure of the pressure cabin at the forward ADF window in the roof. This window was one of two apertures for the aerials of an electronic navigation system in which opaque fiberglass panels took the place of the window glass. The failure was a result of metal fatigue caused by the repeated pressurization and de-pressurization of the aircraft cabin. Another fact was that the supports around the windows were riveted, not glued, as the original specifications for the aircraft had called for. The problem was exacerbated by the punch rivet construction technique employed. Unlike drill riveting, the imperfect nature of the hole created by punch riveting caused manufacturing defect cracks, which may have caused fatigue cracks to start around the rivet. The investigators examined the final piece of wreckage with a microscope.




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