Re: Questions about the DH Comet

Date:         28 Sep 97 00:53:43 
From:         Graham Glen <>
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In article <airliners.1997.2302@ohare.Chicago.COM>,
>In article <airliners.1997.2280@ohare.Chicago.COM>, Marc Schaeffer
><> writes:
>>After the crash of CF-CUN it was found out that a considerable part of
>>the wing lost it's lift if the plane was pulled up too fast. A design
>>change of the leading edge flaps of the Comet wings was the solution to
>>this problem. This change proved to be sufficient.
>To my knowledge Comet has never had leading edge devices. Certainly there are
>none on Comet IV or NIMROD.

That's correct. The profile of the leading edge was changed.

Getting back to the fatigue failures, could anybody confirm what I think
I read some years ago that as part of the redesign undertaken after the
failures the alloy used for the skin was changed to one with a higher
copper content, making it more malleable and less prone to cracking?

Graham Glen

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