The SAME people keep on saying bad mouthing Concorde then use statistics to say how “unsafe” , how “expensive“, how “polluting” and how “noisy” Concorde was and start throwing numbers at us to try and beat us in to sub-mission and in to "their“ way of thinking.
When if it was as bad as they now make it out to be, she would have never flown in the first place, let alone flown successfully for 27 glorious and successful years.
If after the 2000 Paris crash British Airways and Air France had given two types of Concorde service
Economy – a Ryan Air – Easy Jet type operation where two or more British Airways and Air France Concorde’s per week where sold cheap Concorde seats for around £2000 for a one way seat where the passengers paid for the seat with no “free“ meals or drinks.
Luxury – where they had the normal Concorde service
I bet most people would have chosen to fly Concorde economy class by just paying for the seat and getting to New York in 3 ½ hours over a 7-8 hr first class service flight on a 747.
It would have put more “bums on seats“ and Concorde would have been making MORE money, it would have been making money like water coming out of a leaking tap, but due to reasons known to both airlines this never happened.
In terms of “pollution“ Concorde wasn’t as “dirty “ and as “noisy “ as the tree huggers make it out to be.
It’s a well known fact that when a heard of cows breaks wind they release a lot of methane in to the atmosphere (through their farts) and thus pollute the earth but why don’t the “tree huggers” stick their fingers up cows bottoms to stop them farting, ban cows from breaking wind and polluting the air ?
Considering Concorde flew at twice the speed of sound and 2 1/4 times faster than any subsonic plane including the 747, considering she covered the SAME distance as a 747 but in HALF the time Concorde was brilliant.
I feel a 747 and other subsonic planes are dirtier, pollute to air more and some like the 747 are a “noisy “ as Concorde (I hear them take off and I know what they sound like) plus there are countless thousands subsonic planes including 747s around the world which “pollute“ the air more that 8 Concordes ever did but as ever the tree huggers don’t listen and bad mouthed Concorde.
Concorde allowed me to see how time could be stretched or compressed. Depending where or not you was flying from Heathrow to New York or visa versa…….On Heathrow to New York flights Concorde could stretch a normal 24 hour day in to a 29 hour day as New York is 5 hours behind London.
On a journey from New York to London a 24 hr day would be compressed in to a 12-19 hr day as London is 5 hours a head of New York…. this is REAL “time“ travel and no other passenger plane can ever allow you to do that…….. but Concorde could and it DID successfully and safely for 27 years.
Next to the 747 Concorde’s cabin was cramped and small there is no doubt about that, but Concorde was extremely comfortable and extremely fast.
The speed, comfort and looking at the sun being chased around the sky made the whole experience things which dreams are made of.
The TU144 was Russia’s version of Concorde but unlike Concorde the TU144 was never as fuel efficient as Concorde and thus never flew any where outside Russia commercially with passengers.
Above are photos of the TU144