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All you ever wanted to know about flying Concorde (video, 05:02:18)

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Well that takes me back. Good to see this and it shows that intellect rather than a Tom Cruise Top-Gun mentality dominates. You can certainly see the technology is from the sixties apart from the INS which we had on the DC8 in the seventies. Speaking of the DC8, this one belonged to our company, (was one I crewed in the sixties and seventies) and was the first airliner ever to break the sound barrier. What modern aircraft offer over the old ones is efficiency, not speed. http://www.dc-8jet.com/0-dc8-sst-flight.htm

The work load on these old airplanes is way higher than the computer filled late generation airliners. The whole atmosphere has changed as the tasks you see them actively engage in are now done silently by the computers. That is why only two pilots are now sufficient to manage. Sadly, while the technology has improved safety, basic flying skills have suffered as a result of engagement with the computers at the expense of awareness of the airplane's situation. Witness Air France losing control of a flight in cruise out of Rio, and several other similar examples.

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What do we get when congress designs a horse? Answer: A camel.

What do we get when the governments of Britain and France design a passenger plane? Answser: THe Concorde

I recommend you read an account of the British Airships R - 100 and R - 101. R-101. It is entitled "Slide Rule" by Nevil Shute (He wrote On the Beach and No Highway in the Sky). R-100 was an airship designed along the lines of the Zeppelin airship and was done by a private corporation which later became Vickers. The R-101 was the government version of the same for of airship. The two constructions were undertaken to see who could do the better job, a private company who knew the business or the government. Results: R-100 made 6 successful flights to North America, R-101 crashed on its maiden flight. All 48 souls aboard were lost. The R-101 was designed, over designed, fiddled and fudged by government bureaucrats and engineers. It was a horse designed by Parliament.

The same thing happened with the Concorde. It was over-designed, it was incapable of flying economically so it could make money. And it suffered several disastrous mishaps. Just what you would expect from a plane designed by the government to perform normal (non-war) commercial service.

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