De Havilland Comet, The plane that changed the world

This book is a must read for anyone with any interest in aviation, transport and travel. The Comet was a revolution in aircraft engineering, years ahead of the closest rival, but dogged by some early technical flaws. Most Highly Recommended

NAME:  De Havilland Comet, The plane that changed the world
FILE: R3289
AUTHOR: James Carlton
PUBLISHER: Burnt Ash Publications
BINDING: hard back
PRICE: £35.00                                                  
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT:   Civil airlines, civil airliners, passenger planes, jet aircraft, first passenger 
jet, British aviation, jet technology, risk taking, pioneer, de Havilland, British aircraft 
designers, high speed flight, aviation revolution, pressurized aircraft, high level flight, 
1952, air disaster, long life

ISBN: 978-1-9162161-2-9

PAGES: 208, 100 colour and B&W illustrations
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DESCRIPTION: This book is a must read for anyone with any interest in aviation, 
transport and travel. The Comet was a revolution in aircraft engineering, years 
ahead of the closest rival, but dogged by some early technical flaws.  Most Highly 
Recommended

When the Comet arrived on the scene in 1952 it was a technical revolution and a beautiful aircraft with an astounding performance. Sadly, like many a pioneer, it had some fatal flaws because it was so far ahead of established aviation knowledge. Today, the flaws that dogged the Comet would most probably have been identified in computer models before metal was even cut. However, not only was there no high performance computer to run a model, there was no data from previous flights available to build a model from.

The author has provided a very capable presentation of the strengths and weaknesses of this remarkable aircraft and the huge changes to passenger transport that it introduced. There are also so many fine images in colour and b&w through the body of the book, this is a treat not to be missed and one which has so many lessons that it should be very widely read.