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Concorde is coming back into service

By nobbystyles in News
Tue Jul 17, 2001 at 10:50:12 AM EST
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After the disaster in Paris last year, it looks like Concorde is coming back into service. Today for the first time since the accident, a test flight is occuring where a Concorde flies accross the Atlantic at supersonic speed. The plane has been modified with kevlar armour protection for its fuel tanks and puncture resistant tyres. British Airways expects to start operating scheduled flights to New York from London in late September or Early October.


I hope all goes to plan as it is one of the most beautiful planes in the world and despite living near Heathrow airport, the home of the British concordes, I was sad to see it go out of service. My fondest memory of it was at the 1985 British Grand Prix when a flypast by Concorde, a Vulcan bomber and the Red Arrows was memorable if noisy highlight to the event.

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Would you fly on Concorde now?
o Yes 82%
o No 14%
o Undecided 3%

Votes: 56
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Concorde is coming back into service | 12 comments (7 topical, 5 editorial, 0 hidden)
Poll (3.37 / 8) (#2)
by Tim C on Tue Jul 17, 2001 at 06:41:06 AM EST

Would I fly on Concorde now?

No.

Would I fly on Concorde before?

No.

Why?

Too expensive :)


Cheers,

Tim

What they really need to do (4.00 / 1) (#7)
by warpeightbot on Tue Jul 17, 2001 at 12:52:57 PM EST

.... is redesign the wheel/tyre system on the thing so it doesn't fly apart and damage the aircraft, not give the bloody fuel tanks armor plate... you don't see the Blackbird or the Shuttle throwing tyres all over the place, do you?

-- cheeky yank

If I remember correctly.. (4.00 / 1) (#9)
by YesNoCancel on Tue Jul 17, 2001 at 02:34:11 PM EST

...the accident was caused by a piece of metal lying on the runway (which was presumably lost by an US plane that took off some hours before, or something). It's probably impossible to design a wheel/tyre that won't fly apart when colliding with such an object, especially on a plane like the Concorde which probably reaches higher velocity than normal planes while still on the runway (the Concorde uses an afterburner to take off AFAIK).

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Actually... (none / 0) (#10)
by rasilon on Thu Jul 19, 2001 at 09:29:17 AM EST

Both the blackbird and the shuttle have had wheel problems. Of 50 blackbirds produced (and 20 lost) three were destroyed due to tyre failure.
Shuttle operations were suspended between April 1985 and January 1986 in response to problems during a heavy landing at KSC whle they redesigned the nosewheel assembly.

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of course id fly on concorde... (none / 0) (#8)
by tiberius on Tue Jul 17, 2001 at 02:29:08 PM EST

... if i had the money. i saw one land in battle creek, mi, a few years ago and it was one of the most beautiful sights ive ever seen. despite the accident, its still the safest mode of travel. id feel more comfortable flying mach 2 over the atlantic in one of these than i do when i drive home from work.

Re: of course id fly on concorde... (none / 0) (#11)
by ncc74656 on Sat Jul 28, 2001 at 05:43:49 PM EST

... if i had the money. i saw one land in battle creek, mi, a few years ago

One of them passed through Las Vegas a few years ago, and I caught a couple of takeoffs one day at Heathrow back in the mid-80s. Definitely impressive...noisy as hell, but that's part of the fun. :-) I'd bet a night takeoff would be nifty, with four afterburners shooting out the back.

It's too bad that a flight's $10k (is that one-way or round trip?), though comparing it to coach isn't exactly fair. First class transcontinental on a run-of-the-mill airliner will set you back at least a couple or three grand, if not more.

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Noisy (none / 0) (#12)
by odaiwai on Tue Jul 31, 2001 at 05:08:34 AM EST

I used to work near Woking, in England, under the flight path for transatlantic flights. Whenever Concorde came over, we had to stop work - you just couldn't hear anything.

dave
-- "They're chefs! Chefs with chainsaws!"
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