Questions tagged [de-havilland-comet]

The first jetliner in the world, produced from 1949 to 1964 in four successive variants and first entering service in 1952.

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Why do the Comet's engines point outwards?

As it's visible from the images below, when looking at the plane from the top, the engines point outwards and they are banana-shaped, why is that? (unfortunately I couldn't find a real photo ...
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Has the “Foote takeoff” technique really existed, and how did it work?

Reading The Crash Detectives: Investigating the World's Most Mysterious Air Disasters by Christine Negron, I came across the following description, in relation to some early de Havilland Comet ...
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Why weren’t the Comet’s overhead ADF windows roundified along with its passenger windows?

Following the crashes of two Comet 1s in early 1954 due to metal fatigue, all future Comets (and the few surviving Comet 1s that were rebuilt rather than scrapped, all of them in military service) ...
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Why does the Comet's horizontal stabilizer have so much dihedral?

The Comet's horizontal tail has a noticeably extreme amount of dihedral compared to that of, say, a 707: (Image by MilborneOne at Wikimedia Commons.) Note how the Comet's tail has about twice as ...
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What are these engine gauges in the Comet 4 for?

What are these gauges on the Comet 4's engine-gauge panel (between the captain's and first officer's instruments, above the throttle levers), marked "POWER LOSS INDICATOR", for? (Sorry for the blurry ...
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Why are the throttle levers for the Comet's outboard engines shaped funny?

The throttle levers for the Comet's outboard (#1 and #4) engines are weirdly shaped, with flanges that extend up and partially over the throttle levers for the inboard (#2 and #3) engines: (Image ...
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What are these openings around the Comet's engine intakes?

What are all these openings surrounding the Comet 1's engine intakes... (Original image by Tony Hisgett at flickr, via Wikimedia Commons; modified by me) and what is this opening between the Comet 4'...