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Old October 24th, 2003, 10:21 AM   #1
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Concorde has completed its last flight, ending three decades of supersonic travel.

Three flights landed at Heathrow airport within five minutes of each other, watched by thousands of onlookers on Friday afternoon.

The last transatlantic flight carried 100 celebrities from New York and touched down at 1605 BST.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3211053.stm

I was watching on TV. Three ships all came landing one after the other. It was the most beautiful thing I ever saw. I'll never get to fly on Concorde now.

Some interesting facts about Concorde:

She was the first civil aviation plane to use fly by wire, a technique in fact pioneered by British Aerospace, that was later used by every manufacturer of large aircraft in the world.
She was also the first plane to have computer-controlled fuel redistribution.
With a cruising height 150,000 feet, at a speed of Mach 2, she could fly so fast that the sun seemed to rise in the west and so high that the sky looked black during the day, and you could see the curve of the earth from her windows.
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Old October 24th, 2003, 11:43 AM   #2
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PS, I realise this is probably the wwrong forum. I forgot to check. Can someone move it please? :o
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oh it don't really matter

btw I saw that Christy Brinkley and Joan Collins both decided to take one last fling on the Concorde.
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Yes, they said it was the last flight of an antique that needed to be preserved for posterity.
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Yes, they said it was the last flight of an antique that needed to be preserved for posterity.
Joan Collins said that? She was speaking of herself no doubt.
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With a cruising height 150,000 feet, at a speed of Mach 2, she could fly so fast that the sun seemed to rise in the west and so high that the sky looked black during the day, and you could see the curve of the earth from her windows.
Wow, she was practically in space. It's such a shame that they're being retired. If I could have afforded the fare it would have been a dream indeed to fly on one.
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It's a shame because at the time it was quite an advancement in aviation (?) but i understand why they decided to though, still a big shame.
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