“Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.”
Heckuva plane, except for all those fatal crashes until they got the metal fatigue issues sorted.
It was not so much fatigue issues as the square windows caused the problem!!!grayman
Nope, not the windows. Turns out it was the way they riveted the window frames to the hull that was the actual problem. Stress cracks from the holes.
DC-8s and Super DC-8s flew for a long time with square windows, though the did have rounded corners....used to love those big ol' windows on the Delta Super 8 that flew from Atlanta to Tampa...
Them engines.Them hips.
I was always taught that it was the square windows that were the problem. But read the wikipedia article. The square windows were a stupid design due to stress concentrations but there were bigger problems with the design, such as punch rivet construction and stress concentrations in other areas.
Much saner times, I noticed the seams in her stockings too.