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BCanr2d2
04-10-2003, 06:19 AM
After 27 years in service, the technical wonder that was the Concorde is to be taken out of the skies due to the flagging economy and low passenger numbers.

Sadly, the 747 series from Boeing, which was cheaper, and a more reliable alternative, made many of the orders for the Concorde to be cancelled, with only about 16 making it into the skies instead of the planned numbers over 100.

Designed for Mach 2 and over, it made the trans-Atlantic flight in about 3 hours, and had the droop nose that needed to be lowered so that the pilots could see where they were landing, so long and pointy was the nose. It was a plane ahead of it's time, a wing span that fitted inside the sonic boom cone created by the nose, allowing for this supersonic speed.....

http://i.cnn.net/cnn/2003/WORLD/europe/04/10/biz.trav.concorde/story.concorde.jpg

Let's hope they go cheap, I am sure I could afford one soon!!!!

leXX
04-10-2003, 08:41 AM
This is sad news indeed, I love Concorde. I remember my dad took us to Heathrow when I was but a wee lass to see the planes landing and taking off. Concorde flew right over our heads coming in to land, it was so close I swear if I reached up I could have touched it. Such a beautiful sight, and the sound it made, I will never forget it. :(

Arán
04-10-2003, 10:44 AM
Thats sad:(

Reborn Outcast
04-10-2003, 07:26 PM
Its sad but... its about time actually. They were always breaking down and needing repairs and yes, the passengers weren't coming back anymore.

ZePhyR
04-11-2003, 12:04 AM
I dont think i would've ridden in one, but they were cool none-the-less.

wassup
04-11-2003, 12:41 AM
Damn...:(

I wonder how this will affect future developments of supersonic and hypersonic air travel.

BCanr2d2
04-11-2003, 08:31 AM
They'll probably keep with the current wide body designs that were made so popular by the 747, which is relatively cheap to fly and maintain, even if it is only half the speed of the Concorde. Those wide wings prevent it from going too fast, they don't fit inside the sonic cone, so going over Mach 1 isn't possible....

nova_wolf
04-11-2003, 11:49 AM
Shame - what an AMAZING piece of engineering, and one f the best pieces of european team work between the French and Brisitsh.. Never mind the channel tunnel...

I hope that the aircraft end up in good home

Clem
04-11-2003, 12:12 PM
Originally posted by Reborn Outcast
Its sad but... its about time actually. They were always breaking down and needing repairs and yes, the passengers weren't coming back anymore.

dont think they were that unreliable .... the only reason they dont make money nemore (which is y theyre being taken out of service by BA) is cos its so expensive to fly on them

its a wonder of engineering and miles be4 its time ... but after its first and only crash .... it never really recovered

a crying shame

i wonder if the french still fly theirs?

Luc Solar
04-11-2003, 12:26 PM
IIRC it costs 12.000+ $ to fly from New York to London and back on a Concorde.

Gee... too bad they will stop flying. I was just about to sell my house & car and fly a couple of times to NY. :( :rolleyes:

I wonder how all those people are now supposed to travel across the Atlantic. :confused:

Taos
04-11-2003, 12:45 PM
I am sad....I have always wanted to fly on a concorde. They are the coolest looking commercial liners anywhere. It is understandable why they won't be flying though.....$12.000 for a flight? :eyeraise: I thought it was like 3 or 4 thousand......guess I was wrong.

Clem
04-11-2003, 12:50 PM
different dollars leemu

its costing about £2000 for a 1 way trip across the atlantic atm. and normal flight back

for the last few flights

Luc Solar
04-11-2003, 04:43 PM
I checked.

It costs just about 12.000 €/$ to fly from London to NY and back.

BUT you do get free(!!) champagne and oysters! How about that! Makes it all worth it...if you like oysters, that is. :rolleyes:

digl
04-11-2003, 06:41 PM
Originally posted by Luc Solar
I wonder how all those people are now supposed to travel across the Atlantic. :confused: slower?

Wacky_Baccy
04-11-2003, 06:52 PM
Posted by digl, Lord of the Understatement
I wonder how all those people are now supposed to travel across the Atlantic. :confused:
slower?BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! :lol: :rofl:

Oh dear lord I've missed your sense of humour, digl! :D

You make damn sure you stay here now that you're back, okay? :p :D ...The place wasn't the same without you :(


*goes off to start saving up for a flight on Concorde before they turn into nothing more than a bunch of memories and museum pieces* ...I think I need a job x.x;

HBK
04-11-2003, 06:58 PM
I didn't even know they were flying again. Weren' they grounded after an accident? Am I thinking the wrong thoughts again?

dark jedi 8
04-11-2003, 10:37 PM
damn! that sucks, i always wanted to fly on the concorde.:(

git_sum_stuka
04-11-2003, 10:44 PM
bummer:crybaby:

BCanr2d2
04-11-2003, 11:43 PM
Originally posted by HBK
I didn't even know they were flying again. Weren' they grounded after an accident? Am I thinking the wrong thoughts again?

They were grounded after a tyre exploded on take off and ruptured a fuel tank on one of them. It had a fireball coming from the wing and the pilot did a great job to keep it away from any built up areas.
They had barely returned to service, but with the low numbers of the Concordes in use, the cost to keep them flying was climbing quite high. They were lucky to return back into service after the accident, mainly due to the costs involved to fly them..

Will we see them fall into private hands, and a rock star or two have them as their own personal "tour" jets?

Luc Solar
04-12-2003, 05:52 AM
Originally posted by digl
slower?

that's what I was....trying to imply. ;)

People who think it's ok to spend 12.000+ $ extra so that they don't have to sit in a plane for a few hours longer aren't exactly getting much sympathy from me.

That's like eating from disposable plates made of gold.

Damn filthy rich bastards! :swear:

Arán
04-12-2003, 06:18 AM
There aren't many people who would pay $12.000 to fly a concored back and forth to where ever they are going......:(

Clem
04-12-2003, 09:43 AM
Originally posted by Luc Solar
that's what I was....trying to imply. ;)

People who think it's ok to spend 12.000+ $ extra so that they don't have to sit in a plane for a few hours longer aren't exactly getting much sympathy from me.

That's like eating from disposable plates made of gold.

Damn filthy rich bastards! :swear:

people dont fly on concorde cos its faster .... they fly cos its special ... an experience

id love to have flied on concorde :(