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02/05/1952 First commercial jetliner takes to the air

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Why You Wouldn't Want to Fly The First Jet Airliner: De Havilland Comet Story

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De Havilland Comet Jetliner Story by WTTW Chicago

British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) introduced its first passenger jet, the de Havilland Comet. It offered a relatively quiet, comfortable cabin. But soon after its introduction, problems began to arise. Within a year, three comets had crashed. The defect was caused by metal fatigue, a phenomenon not fully understood at the time.
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