Nerd Alert! Documentary on the development of the Concorde

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    Apr 04, 2012 8:32 PM GMT
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6OCuJZ9bX4

    I was lucky enough to fly her! Any other folks get a chance to fly Concorde? Let's geek!
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    Apr 04, 2012 8:36 PM GMT
    I'd give my left nut to fly the Concorde...from the front/left seat.
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    Apr 04, 2012 8:47 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidI'd give my left nut to fly the Concorde...from the front/left seat.


    Don't know about offering up an appendage... But it would be ah- may-zeeeng
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    Apr 04, 2012 8:49 PM GMT
    Sigh. I truly wish I had flown on Concorde. Did you get the pen too?
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    Apr 04, 2012 10:15 PM GMT
    I joined the British Airways frequent flier club (and have a BA credit card) just to save miles to fly on the Concorde. When I joined, you needed 100K miles for a flight, but it was decommissioned before I got the 100,000.

    I saw it flying low off of the south shore of Long Island a few times as it was coming in for a landing at JFK.

    You can visit one at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, which is part of the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum. It's located outside of DC, in Chantilly, VA.
  • a303guy

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    Apr 04, 2012 10:16 PM GMT
    I never got to fly the Concorde, but my father was heavily involved with the plane's later stages of development back in the 60's, traveling to Europe on a regular basis to work on metallurgical details of the landing gear, fire systems and doors. He was invited to the first commercial flight into JFK, that was quite an event!
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    Apr 04, 2012 10:30 PM GMT
    It is strange to think that supersonic commercial passenger travel has been and gone (for now anyway). The glass door panels in my aunty's cottage in southwest England would rattle about 9pm every night, as Concorde broke the sound barrier over the Atlantic.
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    Apr 05, 2012 12:08 AM GMT
    AirLandia saidSigh. I truly wish I had flown on Concorde. Did you get the pen too?


    Yup, the pen, the leather portfolio, the notepad, and the glossy brochure!

    I should scan and post the brochure. It's really nice.
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    Apr 05, 2012 12:21 AM GMT
    yep. although it was only subsonic from IAD to DFW via the BN/AF/BA interchange when i was in high school. the father of a buddy of mine worked for BA at dulles and arranged for us boys to fly round trip. i will never forget the feeling when she rotated off the runway, like a rocket. the small size windows and the really small cabin. the sound of the rolls royce olympus engines were nothing short of astounding! i could have spent hours going over every inch of that aircraft. i still have the seat pocket packet and anything related to her. she truly was a marvel.
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    Apr 05, 2012 12:22 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidI'd give my left nut to fly the Concorde...from the front/left seat.


    Dude, you've give your left nut for a blow in your ear. icon_razz.gificon_razz.gif
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    Apr 05, 2012 4:53 AM GMT
    hebrewman saidyep. although it was only subsonic from IAD to DFW via the BN/AF/BA interchange when i was in high school. the father of a buddy of mine worked for BA at dulles and arranged for us boys to fly round trip. i will never forget the feeling when she rotated off the runway, like a rocket. the small size windows and the really small cabin. the sound of the rolls royce olympus engines were nothing short of astounding! i could have spent hours going over every inch of that aircraft. i still have the seat pocket packet and anything related to her. she truly was a marvel.


    Neato!

    Making the transition to supersonic was absolutely unremarkable.

    What was remarkable was when the afterburners kicked in to take you supersonic tho. You're flying at 500 mph or thereabouts and THEN you get tossed gently into the back of your seat because of the acceleration. Too cool!

    The other amazing thing was that at the cruising altitude of 60,000 feet, the air is absolutely perfectly turbulence free. Like sitting on your couch. You're truly above it all. The sky up there is a deep dark blue. Amazingly beautiful and still.
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    Apr 05, 2012 4:59 AM GMT
    My uncle is the only one in the family to have flown in the Concorde. Lucky him
  • MisterT

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    Apr 05, 2012 5:00 AM GMT
    Haven't flown one, or flown in one. How did you get a chance to pilot one of those?

    I have only been on a tour through one.
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    Apr 05, 2012 5:01 AM GMT
    EastCoastNAZ said
    paulflexes saidI'd give my left nut to fly the Concorde...from the front/left seat.


    Dude, you've give your left nut for a blow in your ear. icon_razz.gificon_razz.gif
    I thought blow was supposed to go in your nose.
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    Apr 05, 2012 5:19 AM GMT
    I did. 3hrs22min NYC to London.
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    Apr 05, 2012 5:23 AM GMT
    Thanks for the Youtube link.

    Comments below...

    "Thumbs up if you want the Concorde back"
    "They are all retired and are non-airworthy condition."
    "Americans are the dumbest people on the planet."

    Lulz.

    787 someday. That's my goal.
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    Apr 05, 2012 5:32 AM GMT
    RobertF64 saidThanks for the Youtube link.

    Comments below...

    "Thumbs up if you want the Concorde back"
    "They are all retired and are non-airworthy condition."
    "Americans are the dumbest people on the planet."

    Lulz.

    787 someday. That's my goal.
    With today's technology, it's a fucking shame that the Concorde can't be re-designed.
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    Apr 05, 2012 8:50 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    RobertF64 saidThanks for the Youtube link.

    Comments below...

    "Thumbs up if you want the Concorde back"
    "They are all retired and are non-airworthy condition."
    "Americans are the dumbest people on the planet."

    Lulz.

    787 someday. That's my goal.
    With today's technology, it's a fucking shame that the Concorde can't be re-designed.


    it can. we just need to figure out a way for the ozone layer not to be destroyed by the hydrocarbons.... personally, i love the second design of the boeing 2707 sst. i was actually on the static full size prototype model when it was in a hanger in orlando. man she would have been sweet. as a young lad i did a report on the supersonic transport for school. i not only wrote boeing, but lockheed too.... remember the lockheed L2000? there was a race between boeing and lockheed for the american sst project. i have a huge brochure from lockheed on the L2000.
    now, someone that was acquainted w/my dad got us vip passes to IAD when AF and BA flew their concordes and parked nose to nose in front of the terminal. i sat next to the marketing director of boeing. i actually found pictures of me on the mobile lounge and near the two concordes once they landed. may of 1977 i believe was the date.
    good memories.
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    Apr 05, 2012 2:29 PM GMT
    hebrewman saidy the sound of the rolls royce olympus engines were nothing short of astounding!



    Living under the Heathrow flight path I agree.Every day around 6pm. Especially the one time the pilot had (for some reason) to use the afterburners coming in to land . No idea why but it sounded as if they were landing on the roof, much deeper tone, louder & lasted twice as long as normal. Scared the hell out of the cats.icon_smile.gif
    I've heard it take off , it was quieter than this landing.
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    Apr 05, 2012 2:59 PM GMT
    Flew it from London to Washington DC (Dulles) in late 70's. Sat in second row on aisle. Sort of like flying in a very fast cigar tube compared to today's wide body jets. Could barely stand in the aisle as max headroom was 6'2" and the lavatory required you to be a contortionist to use it. Best part was when they invited me forward to chat with the Captain and co-pilot, stood and talked with them for several minutes as no doors to flight deck back then - co-pilot was a bit of a hunk too! You were pampered from the separate check-in line at Heathrow all the way thru distinct luggage retrieval/customs at Dulles with champagne, caviar, etc till you just said no more. Landing time was almost an hour ahead of our departure time too!
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    Apr 05, 2012 3:08 PM GMT
    I have a few times, and loved it. I felt cramped somewhat - being 6'2" - - but it was worth it. The amazing part was how fast you got to London. I'm sorry the Concorde was decommissioned. Big mistake, IMO.
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    Apr 05, 2012 3:11 PM GMT
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    AirLandia saidSigh. I truly wish I had flown on Concorde. Did you get the pen too?


    Yup, the pen, the leather portfolio, the notepad, and the glossy brochure!

    I should scan and post the brochure. It's really nice.



    You should!
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    Apr 05, 2012 3:31 PM GMT
    truly jealous... i got to visit concorde in seattle a couple of years ago... on the ground...
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    Apr 05, 2012 4:37 PM GMT
    Aarrghhh , i worked for Air-France in my early days as an airline-steward , and never had the chance to get a foot in the Concorde !! icon_sad.gif
    But i had see her taking off many times and she was beautiful !!
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    Apr 06, 2012 1:05 AM GMT
    MisterT saidHaven't flown one, or flown in one. How did you get a chance to pilot one of those?

    I have only been on a tour through one.


    I appreciate your confidence in my supersonic piloting abilities but I didnt mean to imply that I piloted one, only flew as s passenger. Probably the ambiguous use of the verb "fly" is the confusion here icon_smile.gif