Tsk, I mean, tsk

He appeared frequently in Hong Kong, flying by supersonic Comet.

That the Comet was supersonic comes as a hell of a surprise to all sorts of people. Like all the people who designed, built and flew her. Concorde however…..

Still Times Obits are the record of things as they are…..

21 thoughts on “Tsk, I mean, tsk”

  1. I thought then, and still do, that the Comet was possibly the most handsome large passenger aircraft ever. As you say, windows, and the aircraft never recovered any real reputation after that.
    A great shame.

  2. Indeed so. One bloke there was a long term buddy of a buddy of mine (well, OK, drank in same pub we did). Thus the recent tweaking about subediting on the paper, just because it’s fun to do so quite so directly…..

    Today’s response to the revelation of “Comet” was “Fucking Hell”…….

  3. Welll…. The Comet couldn’t break the sound barrier naturally. Dunno if anyone ever sent her in a terminal dive… 😉

    Peeps knew the “sound barrier” was there, because even in WWII the propellor planes got fast enough that a wrong dive too fast would have you run into it… And rip your plane apart…

  4. Grikath, my best mate’s dad was in the Fleet Air Arm and was on the ground crew with de Havilland when the DH108 attempted to break the sound barrier. He tells the story that the plane just broke up in mid-air in almost slow motion.

  5. From wiki re DH108 “All three prototypes were lost in fatal crashes.”

    Really wouldn’t have wanted to be told I’m flying the third prototype, bloody hell.

  6. Wouldn’t want to fly that thing period. Look at the design, it’s inherently unstable.. Only pilots with brass balls the size of Beelzebub and an ego to match would even start to consider piloting it.

    Hell, that type of design has only “recently” made its comeback because computer-assisted steering makes it possible to fly reliably. Without…. *shudder*…

  7. BlokeInTejasInNormandy

    Mr Wilkinson

    I do believe you could be right.

    Much prettier than 707s with all those dangly hits.

  8. @Diogenes

    … through the Square Window we can see the ground subsonically rapidly approaching

    Somebody had to try square windows, sad trying destroyed DH – will Boeing and/or 737 suffer same fate?

    @John Wilkinson

    +1 lovely looking plane, lived on as Nimrod for decades. Then cnut Cameron ordered many be destroyed


    Yep. F35 wings too small for unassisted flight, but makes it very agile. Typhoon looks like a 1970/80s SAAB

  9. Bollocks in any case, Concorde never operated to Hong Kong. Scheduled sercices Transatlantic and Barbados, and a very few charters to the Middle East, Aus and Singapore.

  10. Bloke in North Dorset

    “ The Comet was pretty, but the VC10 was prettier.”

    The RAF ones had the seats facing the rear. Their steep take-off was interesting to say the least.

    “ Bollocks in any case, Concorde never operated to Hong Kong. ‘

    I can’t vouch for that, but having landed at Kai Tak a number of times it would have been an amazing site seeing it fly through the Kowloon chicane. On one project we had an office overlooking the flight path that would have been an amazing place to see Concorde, watching 747s was fascinating.

  11. I used to live *under* the Kai Tak flight path. You developed a conversation style that paused every few minutes as a ‘plane went over.

  12. re: supersonic comet
    You have to be powered to break the sound barrier. An object in freefall won’t because the force needed to create the sonic boom is more than what would be provided by gravity — at least at jetliner altitudes: in the upper atmosphere it is marginally possible because both drag and the speed of sound are lower.

  13. I loved the VC10 apart from when it took off in the middle of the night a few hundred yards from my bedroom most nights. I believe it was the loudest commercial plane until the Concorde made its appearance.

  14. Back in 1998, I flew from Amsterdam to Sofia in a Tupolev, not sure whether 134 or 154. That was noisy! It had netting racks above the seats rather than lockers. The flight attendants had blue-white nylon shirts. The price of perfection!

  15. It had netting racks above the seats rather than lockers.

    Yes, the Il-62 (VC10ski) had the same arrangement. They also had bassinets that clipped onto them, allowing babies to be gently rocked above their parents’ heads. These proved very effective at keeping the little blighters quiet (the babies, too), but I doubt they’d ever been subject to much safety testing.

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