Tuesday, September 30, 2014

That's not a plane... THAT'S A PLANE !

Ready to slice through thin air ?

Sometimes the absurd becomes beauty, and this was certainly the case with this bird. An experiment on how countries could work together to make dreams come true. A show off for technological acheivements and nations, just like the Zeppelins in the 20ies.

The Concorde was faster than anything you could fly 40 years ago when it first showed its nose... and it is still faster (2.5 times faster) than any comercial plane you could fly today. And it flew much higher than the others... so less air = less turbulance.

Ambientalists ? They cried (fuel consumption of 20 thousand liters of kerosine per hour, big bad boom each time it passed the sound barrier)...
The trully wealthy ? They cheered (Paris / New York in 3h30) because they actually could afford the ticket.

Concorde, ?, Hong Kong, 1980's
For the little story, originally it was not supposed to have any "passenger" windows on the sides. (lighter, better structural integrity) But after some studies it seemed that passengers needed visual recognition points... so they altered the design.

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