At one point we will compile a selection of strips that were rejected or got us in trouble otherwise. This one here would make the list, because it was rejected for being a bit too macabre. I can remember at least one other one that was rejected for the same reason. And one time, we made a joke about the Hindenburg that obviously was considered “too soon” by a reader who wrote a scalding angry letter to the editor.
It’s difficult. The history of aviation is riddled with war, death and catastrophes, so I guess we will keep trying to walk the fine line of good taste, because otherwise we would have to forgo half of the potential material.
But back to today’s strip. There is actually a slight imprecision in the wording. There were a few successful manned test flight of the Ba 349, but only without propulsion. And there also were a few successful unmanned vertical launches using the rockets. It’s just that the first (and only) manned vertical launch was a disaster, as the pilot apparently became unconscious and crashed in a giant ball of fire. But try fitting all that info into a text box.