To your question: Only posts that are either inaccurate or smack of the National Enquirer.
"Any of the Comets" means you can pick any one out of the total production and it will answer the question.
That is a totally inaccurate answer.
You say "I posted with the assumption (I guess you can't assume too much with some people) that everyone knew what I was talking about. I wasn't going to waste my time naming off all the Comets that had problems leading to the eventual fleet grounding".
Hang on a minute..you are offering an answer to a question and assuming the audience for that answer (few, if any, of whom you know) have the same or a better knowledge than you AND, at the same time, you totally disregard those reading your answer who have a lesser knowledge than you.
Just because the information is in the public domain doesn't mean everyone either has access to it, or has seen it, or understands the context.
An example of what I'm saying from this thread:
"How many died on the Braniff 707?"
The Braniff 707 accident was one of two (the other being the American B707 which crashed 2 months and 4 days earlier) which were widely written up at the time and led to the 707 fin being made taller and the under fin being fitted to eliminate controlability problems. In both cases all on board were killed.
At the time the Braniff accident could have killed off the 707 as the control problems seemed to be hitting the 707 in a similar way to the metal fatigue problem had hit the Comet and, as such, the accident was extremely well known.
But Virgin A340's post goes beyond the 707:
"I haven't heard of any fatal crashes with any of Braniff's Jet powered aircraft."
On 6 August 1966 BAC1-11 N1553 of Braniff crashed from altitude near Falls City, Nebraska whilst operating a scheduled flight, killing all on board.
Investigation proved that the aircraft had penetrated a very active storm front full of violent cells producing windshear and vertical speeds which literally tore the back off the aircraft.
The accident was a turning point in the approach to handling aircraft in the vicinity of active storm fronts and is still one of the text book examples used in both airline training and avaition meteorology today.
Yet at least one member of this forum had no knowledge of either of these high profile accidents.
Now back to the Comet. Whilst you assumed the Comet 1 accidents would produce the shortest time between fisrt flight/entry into service and being written off, there are a number of Comet 4 accidents which destroyed far younger aircraft than most of the written off Comet 1s.
G-ARJG 4B first flew 8 June 1961 and entered BEA service 18 days later, crashiing at Ankara 5 months and 25 days later.
SA-R-7 of the Saudi Royal Flight crashed at Nice 355 days after its first flight and 9 months 5 days after delivery.
SU-AMW of United Arab Airlines first flew on April 3 1962, was delivered 13 days later and crashed in Thailand 3 months 16 days after its first flight.
So, for different reasons, the Comet 4 had an equally poor record in terms of short lives in service.
I don't enjoy getting at anyone but this forum boasts of being the place where aviation facts can be found and industry matters can be debated.
Unfortunately, there is a distinct lack of accuracy in a great number of posts and too many people post "guesses", "hearsays" and half remembered stories as fact.
These are spread around the world without being proof read or checked, in a way no book or factual magazine would be (and even they publish errors) and the inaccuracies are picked up and requoted until they form a folk memory and are assumed to be the truth.
Many of us who are amateur or professional aviation historians or who have written papers and articles for both professional and enthusiast journals are fighting hard to stem this tide as the historic record is difficult enough to research without the addition of volumes of inaccuracies hitting the world every day.
Having been involved in setting up an aviation museum before the Internet and come across published data inaccuracies and conflictions relating to a particular aircraft, for which we had the complete service record, I am all too aware of the problems caused to researchers by generalised/totally false answers to questions which enter the record as true.
Finally, there are plenty of accurate accident records published on the net. A little research on these would provide far more accurate answers and a great deal of interesting research for many on this forum.