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Aragorn
12th October 2016, 08:35
Description:


This is a film about the rise and fall of the world's first supersonic passenger jet - Concorde. From the moment that it hit the skies in 1969, Concorde was instantly iconic. Considered the thoroughbred of aircraft, it flew the rich and famous across the Atlantic in just 3 hours and forty-five minutes - with an impeccable safety record.

Until... On July 25th 2000, a freak chain of events just outside Paris caused a catastrophic accident: Concorde's first fatality in 27 years of service killed 115 people, and those devastating 120 seconds of flight marked the end of the supersonic era.

Concorde time line:


December 11, 1967: First prototype unveiled in Toulouse, France
March 2, 1969: Concorde flies for the first time, from Toulouse
October 1, 1969: First supersonic flight
September 13, 1970: First landing at Heathrow
September 26, 1973: First non-stop flight across the Atlantic
November 23, 1973: Prince Philip flies Concorde for the first time
January 21, 1976: First commercial flight
November 22, 1977: BA and Air France start services to New York
July 13, 1985: Phil Collins uses Concorde so he can sing at the US and UK Live Aid charity concerts on the same day
July 25, 2000: Air France Concorde crashes near Paris, killing 113 people
August 15, 2000: BA takes Concorde out of service
November 7, 2001: Passenger services resume after safety improvements
April 10, 2003: Concorde retirement announced by BA and Air France
May 31, 2003: Last Air France Concorde flight
October 24, 2003: Last BA Concorde flight



Duration:


1 hour 13 minutes




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KII5k1rhuHw

Gio
12th October 2016, 09:56
Thanks for sharing the docu ... :tiphat:

Back in the late 80's - early 90's i worked near the Dulles Airport in Washington's nearby Virginia suburbs...
I knew the head chef of the Air France Concorde food concession (a friend of my lovely French sister-in-law) ... He took me on a personal tour of his kitchens and also a brief tour of the parked supper sonic airliner awaiting its refurbishments for its return flight to Paris ... I only wish i knew then what was to come ... Because i would of most definitely forked over the funds in purchasing a luxurious round trip ticket !

But all is still not lost ... Note here is a related item from earlier in the year, which indicates
a firm promise to startup and continue this amazing flying enterprise ...

https://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/F2FCDz46CiGvVHBTl4JuPRIjhj8=/1200x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/6240043/Boom_Flying.0.png

Virgin is working on supersonic jets that can fly from New York to London in 3.5 hours (http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/24/11298798/virgin-group-boom-supersonic-airplanes-concorde)