>has this NEVER happened to a Boeing/Douglas airplane made out of aluminum... but yet Composites come along in the late 80s and all sorts of problems start happening<
The A300 is largely made of Aluminum anyway, and composites are actually stronger than or as strong as the metals they replace.
>Tex Johnson can flip a 707 on its back but the F/O on an A300 can't use a bit of extra rudder in wake turbulance<
The F/O used extreme back and forth rudder input, which the A300 was not built for. Tex Johnson executed a 1G roll, which put the plane under very, very little stress. He actually said in an interview about it that any plane could roll if it was kept to 1G, whereas this was many times greater force than that
The main issue here is that the pilot was trained to use rudder in such a manner, if the situation presented itself. The problem is that the A300 is not designed to deal with situations in this way, rather with smaller rudder inputs. The conflict is over whether Airbus was negligent in informing AA
of the need to differentiate between the A300 and the other planes in AA
's fleet in rudder training or if AA
knew and was negligent in its training of the pilots. Discovery is needed in the case to find who actually is telling the truth.