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The world’s first jet airliner answers

Here are the answers to last Friday’s video, enjoy!

Suggested ICAO level for video: 5+

1. The de Havilland Comet.
2. Summer 1949.
3. The speed of air travel doubled.
4. They were extremely proud of their achievement. (‘I can’t tell you how pround we all were, and what it meant to us and our families’)
5. January 1954.
6. A Comet disintegrated in-flight and 35 people died.
7. April 1954.
8. The world fleet of Comets was grounded.
9. They put it in a tank filled with water.
10. They discovered a fuselage failure at a point of high stress.
11. They redesigned the structure with thicker skin, more frames, better joints and better fastenings.
12. Yes, the new plane performed flawlessly.

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The world’s first jet airliner

Here’s an interesting video that describes the rise of the world’s first jet airliner.

Try to answer the following questions about the video and come back on Monday for the answers.

Suggested ICAO level: 5+

Have a great weekend!!

1. According to the video, what was the world’s first jet airliner?
2. When did it make its maiden flight?
3. How much did the speed of air travel increase when the plane entered service?
4. How did the people involved in building the plane feel?
5. When did the problems start with the plane?
6. What happened?
7. When did a very similar event happen?
8. What happened to the fleet after the second event?
9. How did they replicate the plane’s in-flight strain for testing?
10. What did they discover?
11. What did the team do to overcome this discovery?
12. Was the team successful in its efforts?

To read more about the Comet, click here.