Re: Questions about the DH Comet

Date:         08 Sep 97 02:03:48 
From:         "Robert J. Carpenter" <>
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Marc Schaeffer <> wrote:
>Trond Olav Berg wrote:
>> Was it a safe plane?

>No, there were 20 crashes with Comets. De Havilland underestimated the
>forces and stress at high altitude and speed. However there were no
>references at that time so the constructor can't (fully) be blamed. Also
>calculators and computers were not existing .. After solving the
>structural problems the Comet4 was pretty safe, meaning that most
>incidents could not directly be blamed on design defects.

Doesn't the Nimrod soldier (sailor?) on even today as the British long
range patrol aircraft, roughly the same mission as the US P3V.

Isn't the Nimrod is a Comet in wolf's paint, while the P3V is an Electra
in wolf's clothing?

Bob Carpenter