The Comet, The 707, And The Disaster That Shaped The Jet Age

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On May 2, 1952, the jet age officially began as De Havilland’s first Comet passenger plane took to the skies. It was the first of its kind, and its popularity skyrocketed due to its comfort and speed; it was quite lofty and cut down the travel time between London and Tokyo from 86 to a measly 36. Despite its popularity, however, the Comet disappeared from the skies. Its popularity plummeted after a series of mid-air accidents revealed its hulls couldn’t withstand the pressure of flying, exploding after too much stress. Read full article here

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