AVIATION: Betting on the Comet

Britain last week decided to pin its jetliner hopes on the Comet. On the heels of a final report placing the blame for two Comet I crashes off Italy on metal fatigue, de Havilland announced that it will go ahead with construction of the Comet II and III. They will have such improvements as thicker skins, oval instead of rectangular windows, to correct the faulty design that caused the Comet I to explode in midair. De Havilland set no delivery dates, but the first plane will probably not be ready before 1957.

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