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Concorde

This project is all about Concorde
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Mia Conlon

on 4 April 2014

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Transcript of Concorde

Concorde
"Concord" was a super-sonic plane built on January 21, 1976 by the team at British Airways and Air France. It was the fastest plane ever and is much faster then any of the planes that members of the public can go on now.

Only 26 planes were ever built. It took 26 months to build one plane. It cost millions to make them and from the very start British Airways was losing money. The whole idea was that Concorde could travel at least 5 times faster that a normal plane.
When it All Started
Inside Concorde
Sonic boom
The sonic boom is when a flying object goes faster then the speed of sound. It makes a loud bang and a tornado like shape forms around the object. Concorde broke the sound barrier many times.
This is an example
List of Famous People who Flew on Concorde
1976 - Jan 21
The Duke of Kent
Peter Shore, UK Secretary of State for Trade
Sir George Edwards

1977 - Mar
British Prime Minister Jim Callaghan

1982 - Nov 2
the Queen and Prince Philip

1984 - Feb
the Queen and Prince Philip

1985
Phil Collins

1985 - Aug 6
The Queen's Mother

1986
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

1987 - Oct 5
Patrick Mannix of Reuters

1987 - Nov 22
Richard Noble

1989 - Mar
the Queen and Prince Philip

1989 - May 2
Pope John Paul II


1991 - May 14
the Queen and Prince Philip

1993 - Dec 3
The Bee Gees

1995 - Sep 25
A victorious European Ryder Cup golf team

1995
British Prime Minister John Major

1998 - Jul 1
David Beckham and other football stars

1999 - May
the Manchester United football team to the Champion’s League final in Barcelona.

1999 - Sep 21
Jose Maria Olazabal

2001 - Nov 7
British Prime Minister Tony Blair

2003 - Oct 24
The final transatlantic flight had lots of famous people on it:
Sir David Frost
Joan Collins and her husband Percy Gibson
Jeremy Clarkson
Lord Saatchi
Piers Morgan (who at the time was the daily mirror editor)
Bernie Ecclestone
Tony Benn
Joddie Kidd
Lord Marshall
Christie Brinkley
Chris Gibson-Smith
Nigel Havers
Chairmen and CEOs of several major corporations including GlaxoSmithKline, BAE Systems and Merrill Lynch
List of Famous People who Flew on Concorde (continued)
Tickets
In 2000, the price for a return ticket from New York to London was £6,819 (€7,127).
JFK airport, New York
Flight 4590 was destined for New York’s JFK airport on July 25th, 2000, carrying 109 people (including crew). As it neared take off speed, the Concorde drove over a thin metal strip on the runway, causing one of its tyres to burst. The strip had fallen from the underside of a Continental Airlines DC-10 that had departed minutes earlier.













Chunks of the burst tyre hit the under wing resulting in a powerful shockwave within the wing’s fuel tank that ultimately punctured it. Gases from the engines then ignited leaking fuel, starting a huge fire.


Flight 4590
The crew managed to get the plane into the sky, but lost control moments later, slamming into a hotel. All 109 passengers and crew died, as did 4 people on the ground.
The plane went down not just because of the fire, but because:

1. It was flying too slowly.
2. it was several tons overweight.
3. Two of its four engines were damaged.

It was flying too slowly because the pilot at the controls, Christian Marty, had pulled the jet into the air to avoid skidding sideways off the runway and colliding with another plane.
French president Jacques Chirac was almost killed because of the crash. Concorde passed within seven yards of an Air France Boeing 747 on which President Chirac was traveling and which had just landed.
Jacques Chirac
Why
Crashed!
Summary
The investigation
For years after the crash people still didn't know for sure what caused Concorde to crash. Many people thought that it wasn't just a mere piece of metal that caused the accident. Some people said that there had been a fault with the design from the very start. However, when they carried out an investigation they found that the metal was the main reason for the crash.
Time difference
On a normal plane it takes 7 hours, 47 minutes to get from London to New York. On Concorde it took 3 hours, 30 minutes.

To get from Dublin to Sydney it takes 25 hours. On Concorde it took 11 hours, 6 minutes.

To get from Dublin to London it takes 1 hour. On Concorde it took about 15 minutes.
Concorde Finished
The British Airways team and Air France team decided that it was not worth continuing Concorde after the crash.

The 25 remaining Concordes are kept museums all over the world. British Airways and Air France said that they would never fly Concorde again.
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