The Unfortunate Comet Crashes
The de Havilland DH 106 Comet was the first-ever commercial jetliner by the de Havilland – a British aviation manufacturer that was established in the late 1920s.
The DH 106 Comet 1 entered the commercial service and first flew on the 27th of July 1949. The aircraft has a four de Havilland Ghost turbojet engines that were buried in its wings, a pressurized aircraft’s main body section, and relatively large windows that are square-shaped.
A year after the Comet entered the commercial service;they started to have some major problems. Three of the Comet aircraft were involved in accidents. It was found out that there was catastrophic metal fatigue in its mechanical structures.
Metal fatigue is a condition wherein the materials tend to weaken due to repeatedly applied loads, and they were not able to foresee this kind of occurrence. Due to those accidents, the Comets were not allowed to perform its operations as a thorough investigation needs to be done.
After the investigations, the comets were redesigned to have oval-shaped windows and reinforcement in its structural aspect.
Due to the unwanted occurrence, the de Havilland Comets had a hard time to bring it back to its original sales. But this didn’t hinder them from designing and creating a more improved Comet 4 series from the prototype Comet 2 and 3.
The Comet 4 series had the chance to enter the commercial service in 1958. This aircraft gave an impact to the military aviation as this was used as a VIP and transport of medical and passenger. This was also used in the military surveillance.
The Hawker Siddeley Nimrod was a maritime patrol aircraft that was considered to be the product of the de Havilland Comet most extensive aircraft modification.
Sir Geoffrey de Havilland, an aircraft engineer and the head of the de Havilland Company, suggested to having a turbojet-power designed aircraft. The BrabazonCommittee accepted Sir Geoffrey de Havilland’s proposal. They named it the “Type IV”.
In 1945 of February, Sir Geoffrey de Havilland was awarded a production contract under the designation Type “106”. The British Overseas Airways Corporation was attracted to the aircraft specifications of Type IV, which lead them to order and purchase 25 aircraft but, later on, cut down to 10.
The design study of the DH 106 comet started in 1946 under the supervision of Ronald Eric Bishop, the chief designer of the de Havilland Mosquito or the Mosquito fighter-bomber.
The design study rooted in 1943 of March when the Cabinet of the United Kingdom built the BrabazonCommittee. Its aim was to determine and investigate the future needs of the United Kingdom after the World War II.
In 1946 of September, the British Overseas Airways Corporation requested to redesign the DH 106 Comet to have a larger seat configuration. From 24, they wanted to make it a 36-seat configuration.
After all of the redesigning, the aircraft was finally named as the de Havilland 106 Comet in 1947.
At Charter Flight Group, we maintain our fleet cautiously to avoid any accidents just like what happened to the Comet crashes. We always ensure that our fleet can provide safe private jet flights to travelers.Apart from being safe, our private jet flights are also comfortable and prompt.