De Havilland Comet - Airliner Tech Vol. 7 by Kev Darling

By Kev Darling

The swish de Havilland Comet was once the 1st airplane to deliver high-speed, jet-powered flight to the world's airline industry. regrettably, it was once additionally one of many first civilian plane to fail in flight from explosive disintegration stemming from a scarcity of latest wisdom in regards to the forces and lots skilled via high-altitude, pressurized, jet shipping airplane. Airliner Tech quantity 7.

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34. Forward station box: 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. Lid to S. F. S. :tion b:)x. ard o)(ygen regulator. Seical chime' unit. ard. in·. tor navigation station. The navigator in the Comet 4 had a far more sophisticated equipment layout to command compared to his counterpart in a Comet 1. OW SYSTEM PRESSURE TRANSMITTER SY·S'ST"'MI - - - - - RESERVOIR '--- A HYDRAULIC EOUIPMENT BAY - - - - - . " . . , . , , - - _.... 4 ENGINE/" GREEN SYSTEM AILERON, ELEVATOR AND RUDDER BACKING ACCUMULATOR HYDRAUliC COCK ~ NOTE 7 GREEN SYSTEM PRESSURE RELEASE VALVES A~CATED ON LANDING GEAR REAR MOUNTING DIAPHRAGM IN EACH MAIN GEAR WELL.

9. 10. 11. H. F. mittrr/receiver type AD 118. Auto pilot amplifier. Access panel lor AD 118 control pane1. Morse ;Cry. S. F. S. azimuth 8>'ro unit. S. vertical gyro and comparator unit. Ash tray. S. S. twin com pas. amplifier. Jack·box: aft. Auto pllot pl"essure unit. Loran transmitter/receiver. 12. R. l. aC'l'VO 13. Omni~earinl ~mp1ifiera. indicators. 14. D. M. E. receiver. 15. Auto pilot locking unit. 16. Torque switch panel. 17. A. D. F. change-over unUs. 18. F. receivers. 19. Stowage box. 20.

Both these defects were rectified although the aircraft was delayed for 25 hours. On 8 April the Comet departed Rome for its destination and passed relevant radio checks. These continued until the Comet was abeam Naples at an altitude of 30,000 ft. at which point contact was lost. All on board were killed in the crash of this Comet which had flown some 2,704 hours since delivery. In response BOAC immediately grounded the remaining aircraft. Also in response the CAA withdrew the Permit to Fly for all the extant Comets.

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