(Photo - Nick-D - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
THE KOMET - A STRETCH TOO FAR
We have seen some strange contraptions
Throughout the history of flight
As the pioneers, with this concept
Grappled day and night.
Though having once established
That their principles were sound
They succeeded with most anything
To get it off the ground.
Of course there are always others
Who think that they know best
But it takes a certain gumption
To first put it to the test
And so the ‘Dodgee Brothers’
Brought the Komet out to trial
Confident that their efforts
Would make it all worthwhile.
There are those who went before them
Whose flights were rather short
The Wright Brothers first of all
Long ago at Kitty Hawk
When super ego’s are let loose
The spectacular debacle
Of old Hughes'ies huge 'Spruce Goose'.
To give those people credit
And their names be not maligned
It probably should be noted
That their craft were self designed
Now the Komet pre-existed
And was not altogether flawed
When the ‘Dodgee Brothers’ bartered
one—To simply be restored.
The Komet’s two wheel ’Dolly’
Was designed quite like a baby’s pram
But in the restoration, more like
A ‘bogie’ off any sad old tram.
Not until the takeoff
Was it supposed to fall away
But halfway down the runway
It somehow went astray.
The Komet shot off ahead
Nosed into the grassy pitch
Both Brothers were just relieved
It hadn’t hit the ditch.
Nor did they see the shadow
That was skulking in the pits
Where Old Wile E Coyote spied
As always, matching wits.
Revisiting the Airfield
Next time the Komet made a pass
He watched it from the sidelines
He noticed how the ‘Dolly’ now
Was somehow more refined
Probably this was something
Brother Neville had designed.
As it zoomed on by him
The ‘Dolly’ failed to detach -
‘Hum!’ old While E wondered
‘Something’s wrong with that there latch’
Another flight aborted
As the Komet tumbled round
Before it finally settled
Upside down upon the ground
No one was suggesting
This performance was a disgrace
But it soon became apparent
The Brothers lost some face
Was it false ‘bravado’ then?
That Brother Billy ran a ‘Book’
Challenging all that it would fly
Next flight, they undertook.
The Komet lined up along the runway
When the ‘Dolly parted with a zing
Both hoping no one noticed
It was restrained, by a real long string.
The flight that only lasted down the
Was really ‘something else’ to see
Sort of like a blow fly
They’d first sprayed with DDT
I suppose he had the aerial up
Because I say without a lie
That poor old Komet ended just as dead
As any stricken fat old fly.
Down the lonely runway
Sulked the Brothers Grimm
To pick up all the pieces
And take them home again.
Meanwhile in the Clubhouse
The punter’s mumbling had begun
Expecting to collect a quid
They all thought that they had won.
Confronted, ‘Dodgee Bookie’ Bill
Said ‘The point was rather moot -
On the question - Did it really fly?
Clearly, open to dispute’.
From among the discontented
A comparison had been found
Hey! even the Acme Special
Stayed aloft - (the third time round).
Still skulking in ‘The bleachers’
Wile E Coyote meantime had it planned
To merge the Dodgee Brothers
With the now famous Acme Brand.
(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
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