Official "Interesting pictures" thread - Part Three


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Sep 21, 2012
This is the ill-fated Yoke Peter. De Havilland Comet 1 G-ALYP was the aircraft that introduced the jet age to the traveling public when it on 2 May 1952 departed London Airport (as Heathrow was known then) for Rome, Beirut, Khartoum, Entebbe, Livingstone, and Johannesburg where it landed at Palmietfontein the following day. In these Corona times one can reflect on the situation in those cities today and compare to 1952...

This slide was taken at Palmietfontein in October 1952. Fifteen months later Yoke Peter disintegrated while flying over the Mediterranean Sea en-route to Beirut. A few months later, G-ALYV crashed in India and the last was SA201 operated by G-ALYY with a South-African crew. All three aircraft disintegrated in flight. It was later determined that metal fatigue in the corners of the square windows was the cause leading to design changes and round windows in all future designs.