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Death Of 1st Jet Liner Pilot  
User currently offlineTrident From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 484 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1519 times:

I discovered yesterday that John Cunningham, the former Chief Test Pilot of The De Havilland Aircraft Co, died on 22 July. He was 85. Cunningham has the distinction of piloting the De Havilland Comet 1 on its maiden flight in 1949, becoming the first individual to fly a jet airliner. He also flew the De Havilland Trident on its maiden flight in 1962.

During the World War 2 he had a distinguished career as a night fighter pilot flying Bristol Blenheims, Bristol Beaufighters and De Havilland Mosquitos. He became something of a popular hero in the war and was given the nick name of "Cats Eyes Cunningham" by the popular press.

With the passing of his contemporary, Roland Beamont a few months ago, it seems Britain is fast losing some of the greatest pilots it ever produced.

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User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1458 times:

I seem to remember reading that his sharp "night-fighter" eyesight was attributed to a diet of carrots, a story put about as a decoy to cover the fact that the RAF was using a new type of radar.

User currently offlineTrident From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 484 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1428 times:

Yes, the carrot story was a cover for the use of Airborne Intercept radar (AI). In fact, it was still not oficially called Radar at the time.

User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1322 times:

Cunningham earned the nickname "Cat's Eyes" too.
Do not forget the death of Concorde British Test Pilot Brian Trubshaw two years ago.
I wonder how Cunningham's death was not publicised so much. Speaking for myself this is where I got to know.


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