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You, Too, Can Break the Sound Barrier

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Posted By: StormCnter, 9/25/2020 1:28:22 PM

You sit in London Airport at one o'clock and eat a leisurely lunch of roast English beef and Yorkshire pudding; soon, your flight is called. You enter a long, pencil-slim fuselage. You buckle your seat belt. After 15 minutes-and 140 miles-of flight, you pass through the sound barrier, although you hear nothing. And, since the engine noise never catches up with you, you cruise silently 12 miles above the Atlantic; each second, you travel nearly half a mile. The globe is barely visible; the whole sky is a deep but delicate purple, a Concorde sky. Before long, you are landing in New York;

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Reply 1 - Posted by: DVC 9/25/2020 1:59:00 PM (No. 552099)
I always regretted not being well enough off to afford to ride the Concorde. I could afford it now, but they are all in museums. Oh, well.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: NeverForget 9/25/2020 2:58:26 PM (No. 552153)
Thank you for posting.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: jeffG 9/25/2020 2:58:54 PM (No. 552154)
I flew the BA Concorde a total of four times. First from LHR to JFK, and then three times from JFK to LHR. Always sat in row 4 window seat on the right side of the aircraft. Apparently this is the seat that Margaret Thatcher used. Wonderful experience, with my wife I flew to LHR from JFK in July 1981 on a Sunday morning. The Captain told us the USA Airforce range in New England was available and we would go to mark 2 earlier than usual. Flight time was 3 hours and 15 minutes. Later while staying at the Penta Hotel near the LHR runway, we watched the second Concorde from JFK land. I asked my wife for her thoughts on the flight. She said "it didn't last long enough"! Another major reason for the end was the Air France crash with a total loss of life.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Rumblehog 9/25/2020 4:37:06 PM (No. 552231)
When in Seattle makes sure to walk through the one at the Boeing Air Museum. It was surprisingly small inside the cabin. I was scheduled to fly on one during a return to service check flight after routine maintenance. Sadly, the project got delayed, then the accident ended everything. I always imagine what those great air frames, like the Concord or SR-71, would be capable of today, were they re-engineered using state-of-the-art avionics, instead of the bulky old analog stuff, and modern propulsion systems.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: JHHolliday 9/25/2020 7:21:09 PM (No. 552344)
I can easily see multiple supersonic airliners I the future. 15-20 years from now and I won’t be around to enjoy them but I think we’ll see 2 to 3 hour flights to Europe commonplace and affordable. Beats my experiences jammed in coach for 7 hours.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: bad-hair 9/25/2020 7:25:04 PM (No. 552347)
All of the above of course is reserved for Dyslexia Occasionally-Cognizant and the rest of our betters.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Sunhan65 9/26/2020 12:20:27 AM (No. 552603)
I flew Concorde once. London to New York. We were on a business trip, and my travelling companion found a way to upgrade us to First on one leg of the trip. Back then, First Class on BA could include the Concorde depending on the route. I was a grown man in the departure lounge. Once in flight, I was a child again. Visiting the pilots in the cockpit. Getting them to sign my certificate. Feeling the windows as the interior grew increasingly hot due to airspeed and friction. And, yes, when we cleared British airspace, they kicked in the afterburners, and you felt the acceleration pushing you back into your seat. I still have my grey leather Concorde file folder and my silver souvenir pen. I sometimes forget. It's been a magical life. Thank you, OP.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: DVC 9/26/2020 2:24:30 PM (No. 553368)
They brought the Concorde to Oshkosh for the air show one year, and flew short excusion flights of about 30 minutes or so, without going supersonic. It was really amazing to stand close to the runway when that thundering beast took off. Those Olympus jets in afterburner are amazingly loud. Pure, raw power.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: DVC 9/26/2020 2:28:03 PM (No. 553373)
A relative is a test pilot and has done some test flying of a subscale prototype 'low shock wave' aircraft. The nose shape is decidedly odd, intended to make the shock wave pressure rise a softer and more gentle pressure change, more of a rumble on the ground than a hard crack which breaks things. We may get a modified shape supersonic aircraft which won't have as violent a shock wave, and might be approved for flight over land. When I was a kid, living near military bases, sonic booms were common as heck. Loved to hear them.
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