Help Save Concorde!

Discussion in 'Community' started by Blackstealth, Oct 25, 2003.

  1. Blackstealth macrumors regular

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    Well, this week, I'm ashamed to be British. After 27 years of passenger service, British Airways has finally retired the magnificent Concorde - an aircraft that helped shape the modern world. It was technologically ahead of it's time in the sixties, it's still ahead of its time today. Don't believe the stories of it being too costly to operate and unsafe to use - it's FUD.

    There can't a single person out there that doesn't dream of flying on her, just once. Hell, I'd empty my savings account tomorrow for the chance of one flight at twice the speed of sound.

    But now the evil empire of British Airways has taken away those dreams. They're planning to decommission their entire fleet of 7 aircraft and tuck them away in museums where they can be seen but never experienced. And it's unlikely that we'll ever again have the ability to travel at speeds in excess of Mach 2 within our lifetimes (short of joining the airforce).

    When the Conservative government gave British Airways Concorde for £1 they said that if another British company ever wanted to operate it they could - and yet British Airways have refused to sell the planes to Richard Branson (owner of Virgin) who'd keep them flying for the 25 years of life they have left in them.

    So I'm asking just two things:

    1. Sign the petition to save Concorde, it's not only the British public that should be making their voices heard - but the whole world, anyone with a passion for technology, aviation, luxury, or just believes in not letting a good thing go to waste - and
    2. Boycott British Airways until they reinstate this majestic airplane.

    I'll step down from my soapbox now...
     
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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  3. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Yes I can see the next big book by Richard Branson...

    "Losing My Virginity at Mach 2"
     
  4. britboy macrumors 68030

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    Signed.

    Personally I think that Virgin should be allowed to buy and operate the concorde. I suspect Branson would be happy to run it at a loss, just to have the Virgin logo on the side of the fastest passenger plane in the world. If BA don't want that to happen, perhaps they should continue operating it themselves.

    Not that it's personal, but I blame the french for concorde being grounded. BA never had a problem with their planes. It's only Air France who had hiccups.
     
  5. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, me to :D
     
  6. evoluzione macrumors 68010

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    British Airways, bloody typical, i hate flying with them, so stuck up. I always fly Virgin if i can and now I am definitely not flying BA. Surely if that was the case that they should be selling them Dicky could file a suit against them?

    and yeah, Air France are to blame, they didn't look after them as they should have.

    right, time to sign that petition.....
     
  7. pivo6 macrumors 68000

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    I signed it as well, although the chances of me ever flying on the Concorde are practically nil. Unless they decided to land one of them in Minneapolis.
     
  8. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I signed it also. It would be great to have Richard Branson to continue flying the Concorde.
     
  9. Giaguara macrumors 6502a

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    Re: Help Save Concorde!

    i am the single person out here who has never dreamed of flying in concorde.

    i have flied some (not a lot maybe), but i have always had to pay for my own fligths.
    i would NEVER want to fly on a concorde if the price would be what it was. i'd rather take a "slow" airplane (airbus, boeing) and fly 5 or 10 times more.

    if you wanted to save concorde, you should just have used all your savings to make that kind of transportation viable. as not even all the companies are able to pay you the tickets of intercontinental flights at ANY price, ... is it so amazing it died? maybe if that one concorde loaded with german (and other rich world) pensionists did not fall down a few years ago the things would have been different? don't take it i have personally anything against them, i don't. it just is or was a REALLY expensive and un-ecological way of travelling. and it did not have enough request to survive.
     
  10. G5orbust macrumors 65816

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    Well, they decommissioned the Concordes because the things were breaking down constantly and BA wasnt making any money off of flying them, even with those outrageous ticket prices.

    Im not going to sign the petition because, even if BA looks at this, they wont put a 30+ year old plane back into service, no matter how cool it is.

    Its time to face reality, folks. The Concorde is dead.
     
  11. MrMacMan macrumors 604

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    I signed it but also did

    :confused: :rolleyes:
     
  12. Phil Of Mac macrumors 68020

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    Well, Bill Gates signed my petition...

    Anyway, we need a new supersonic transport. The Concorde is old; certainly we can do better now.
     
  13. shadowfax macrumors 603

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    i'd like to know who had the bright idea to decide his name was

    'C**T OF MARGARET THATCHER WHO IS TIGHT'

    that made me laugh so hard. had to be a brit, i guess.

    G5orbust: did you notice that not only did they refuse to operate them, but they refused to let someone else try to operate them and make a profit with them? that's what bugs me.
     
  14. Phil Of Mac macrumors 68020

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    You see, if they did, they would lose the prestige they gained from operating the Concorde! :rolleyes:
     
  15. strider42 macrumors 65816

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    I believe the concorde probably is a safe plane, but it seems to be one that is too costly to operate efficiently. You say don't believe the stories, but what proof do you have to counter those claims. If the plane was economically viable, You'd expect it would still be flying.

    I also question the statement that it helped shape the modern world. perhaps if it was something ordinary people could use, sure. but since no other commercial super sonic jets exist and considering that supersonic technology has been advanced by the military and not the concorde, I don't relaly see what relevent impact the concorde has had at all.

    Oh and regarding the statement: "There can't a single person out there that doesn't dream of flying on her, just once. Hell, I'd empty my savings account tomorrow for the chance of one flight at twice the speed of sound. " I think you're really wrong there. I'd rather save a few thousand dollars and spend a couple more hours in the air thanks very much. Donate that money to charity, you'll feel better about yourself. I bet you'd be pretty disappointed in the flight too. Sure its faster, but is it really that much of a better flight. You should probably reexamine your prioties if the idea of going twice the speed of sound is worth that much money to you. I don't mean that to be insulting, I just honestly don't see why thats such a big deal. Supersonic technology is cool stuff and I'd love to see it being widespread and practical, but its not something that means much to me to be able to do personally.


    Meanwhile, there is no getting around that it is a plan setup only for the uber rich, uses loads of fuel to fly that fast. I can see definite reasons why BA wouldn't want to sell the planes to an upstart airline. Personally, I just don't see many reasons to save a toy of those who make ungodly sums of money.
     
  16. whocares macrumors 65816

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    The true question is: why did it "fail". One of the possible answers has to be US boycot. Think denying supersonic flight above the US when the Concorde came out. :mad:
    Wonder if this would have applied if Boeing manage to build a supersonic commercial aiplane. :confused:

    Concorde was not the only commercial supersonic plane. The russians flews a few of their own back in the days, but decommissioned them due to lack of reliabilty. Heck one even crashed at the Bourget air show :eek:
     
  17. WinterMute Moderator emeritus

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    Having flown, I've signed.

    Concorde used to fly over my house in SE London every day at around 5:20, it was always a welcome sight.

    I saw it last week on it's final flight (well, I saw 2 of the 3 that were flying) it was a perfect day, apparently the M25 motorway ground to a halt as it went over.

    A sad loss.
     
  18. alset macrumors 65816

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    Count me in. Signed. Most popular petition of the day.

    Dan
     
  19. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    The only way to bring back the concorde is to make new ones. These old airframes are not up to any more flights if they want to keep things safe.

    I'd love to see all trans atlantic/pacific flights on Concorde like planes, flying at mach 2 or more. And eventually this will happen. But the days are over for the Concorde and we need to move on to something newer.

    D
     
  20. shadowfax macrumors 603

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    according to the engineers, i believe they have 20 years of life left in them, if properly maintained. consider that there are certainly older commercial planes flying with passengers.
     
  21. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    That's open to debate - given that they're flying these things at such high speeds.

    But the other issue is the cost and noise. One of the main reasons that the Concorde was only doing the Trans Atlantic flights was due to the extremely loud engines. Its 60s technology - newer, faster, quieter, and a more efficient version of the Concorde needs to be developed.

    The current one shouldn't be the end of an era, just the beginning of the future of airtravel ;)

    That said - lets get a new SuperSonic plane up and flying, one that meets todays requirements.

    D
     
  22. shadowfax macrumors 603

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    i wholeheartedly agree, but still, why have a total hiatus of supersonic flight? we're retiring these birds, with an indefinite halting of commercial supersonic flight. no one, it seems, has seriously suggested or produced new supersonic planes. we're just cutting these off. they're fine, for sure, for another 5 years minimum. and that's better than going 5 years with nothing at all in this area.

    the myth of the unreliability of these planes as they get older is, i think, from poor maintenance. the british don't seem to have any safety problems with this jet, as has been said.
     
  23. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    not quite true - I've done work on NDE (non destructive evaluation) of aircraft for work. Its a huge issue. Every flight adds more and more stress to the airframe. Did you know that the fuselage expands at altitude? And with a cruising altitude of 50k to 60k feet and a cabin pressure ~25% higher than regular aircraft, that makes a huge difference and adds all that more stress to the frame.

    Could it continue flying - probably. Should it? I'm not sure - but I'd love to see how many hours these aircraft have had in the air and compare that to the average lifespan of Boeing commercial jet.....

    D
     
  24. Phil Of Mac macrumors 68020

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    Boeing announced the Sonic Cruiser, which would have been a transonic (not supersonic) transport, but it was cancelled.
     

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