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Old Sep 16, 05, 2:03 am
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Originally Posted by fduvall
Actually - I flew into CDG on Tuesday (9/13/05), and as we were taxiing down the runway, I saw a Concorde outside of a flight hangar. I was quite surprised, but there was no mistaking this plane. I wonder what it was doing there???
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Old Sep 16, 05, 4:07 am
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Originally Posted by dhuey
If you can wait 5-10 years, you might be flying supersonic once again. There is a Japanese company working on the next generation.
Try 25, minimum, sadly, Believe their budget is about $1 mill. total.
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Old Sep 16, 05, 11:21 am
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I only see the price of Jet fuel increasing so a supersonic passenger will never be economically viable (unless they find a way to fly with something else in 50 years from now).
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Old Sep 16, 05, 11:32 am
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Well, it might not matter if tristan727's post stays true (low budget), but the Japenese group I mentioned claimed to have ideas on how to operate at supersonic speeds over land, without the boom. Concorde's story might have been much happier (or at least much less unhappy, financially) if they had been able to operate at full speed over land.
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Old Sep 16, 05, 12:03 pm
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The Japanese group isn't the only one working on this issue. The US has tested a concept which proved that the sonic boom could be dramatically reduced by suitably shaping the airframe, and IIRC Dassault also has some major research in the works.
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Old Sep 16, 05, 5:16 pm
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Originally Posted by Shareholder
...BTW I was among the few dozen FTers who managed to convert their SPG points into QF miles and redeem a return Concorde trip. Experience of a lifetime!
I don't rate it that high. I like to chalk it up as something that I have experienced. But really, I do things every day that I enjoy a lot more. It may have been fast, but it still amonted to several hours in a cramped seat with airline food.
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Old Sep 17, 05, 12:07 pm
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Originally Posted by divaof travel
I don't rate it that high. I like to chalk it up as something that I have experienced. But really, I do things every day that I enjoy a lot more. It may have been fast, but it still amonted to several hours in a cramped seat with airline food.
Indeed. No matter what one does with food, drink and cabin comfort, the fact is that you're stuck in a dry, boring aluminum tube. The only true luxury of the Concorde was halving the time in that tube.
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Old Sep 17, 05, 12:48 pm
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Originally Posted by divaof travel
I don't rate it that high. I like to chalk it up as something that I have experienced. But really, I do things every day that I enjoy a lot more. It may have been fast, but it still amonted to several hours in a cramped seat with airline food.

It is indeed sad to see you are so jaded by all the travel you must do to have attained those "lifetimes" that you can no longer find any sense of enjoyment or wonder in such an experience as Concorde. So be it. I agree there are many things in this world that rank high in one's life experience, most importantly the people we keep around us as friends and dear ones. But flying at supersonic speed does have its place in the upper rankings of this ordinary person's life experiences.
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Old Sep 17, 05, 1:00 pm
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But flying at supersonic speed does have its place in the upper rankings of this ordinary person's life experiences.
How else could ordinary people ever have had a chance to see the sun set twice in the same day?
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Old Sep 17, 05, 1:24 pm
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Originally Posted by xFF
How else could ordinary people ever have had a chance to see the sun set twice in the same day?
Novel, yes, but I'm guessing the second looks much like the first.
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Old Sep 17, 05, 1:41 pm
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Originally Posted by dhuey
Novel, yes, but I'm guessing the second looks much like the first.
Okay, I'll grant you that. Then how about this: Riding in a tube where an appropriate FT thread would be "NON-celebrity sightings?"
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Old Sep 17, 05, 2:59 pm
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Originally Posted by tristan727
Try 25, minimum, sadly, Believe their budget is about $1 mill. total.
They have $1MM to test out some ideas. If they come up with anything that appears to be viable, more money will certainly be on the way.
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Old Sep 17, 05, 3:31 pm
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Originally Posted by Shareholder
It is indeed sad to see you are so jaded by all the travel you must do to have attained those "lifetimes" that you can no longer find any sense of enjoyment or wonder in such an experience as Concorde. So be it. I agree there are many things in this world that rank high in one's life experience, most importantly the people we keep around us as friends and dear ones. But flying at supersonic speed does have its place in the upper rankings of this ordinary person's life experiences.
Hey, as dhuey says, it was still 3 hours in a tube, and several hours at each end with the hassles of traffic, immigrations, customs, baggage, etc.

I am not saying it is something I regret doing, but in my opinion, it is overrated. But I am blessed with a multitude of "life experiences" that are rare and unique. Just last month, for example, I went through the Panama Canal. To my surprise, I found it to be much more interesting than I expected.

Now to be among the first to be "teleported" would truly be a life experience. But you would still have to deal with immigrations.
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Old Sep 17, 05, 3:53 pm
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Originally Posted by xFF
How else could ordinary people ever have had a chance to see the sun set twice in the same day?
It went right over my house...I was in a field overlooking the harbour with Champagne & you should have seen all the birds & animals confused as hell, going to bed & then waking up a couple minutes later... http://www.openviews.org.uk/eclipse.htm

p.s. if anyone has video, stills etc. of anything that could capture what was going on in Falmouth Harbour would much appreciate it - was like an incredible, giant ampi-theatre.Probably impossible to video -would need a 360 virtual-tour type gadget.

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Old Sep 17, 05, 5:44 pm
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Originally Posted by tristan727
you should have seen all the birds & animals confused as hell, going to bed & then waking up a couple minutes later

All right! You got me on a technicality. And you are fortunate to have experienced one, particularly so from the comfort of home. I wonder though, if you lived in NY, would you have taken BA Concorde across to have seen it?
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