Science: The Fate of Yoke Peter

Before a solemn London court of inquiry last week, British science told the world, without excuse or coverup, what happened to Britain's proudest airliners, the ill-starred jet Comets. The inquiry was ordered by Prime Minister Winston Churchill when two Comets exploded over the Mediterranean early this year. Since then, the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough, headed by Arnold Hall, has been working night and day on a job of detective work that may be the most elaborate in technological history.

Sir Lionel Heald, representing the Crown, opened the proceedings by citing Nevil Shute's...

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