"in 1977 he got very short notice of a meeting in NY it would be useful for him to attend, so he got over the pond the quickest way possible, BA
Concorde to IAD
, then a transfer to NY. To attend a meeting to prevent Concorde going direct to NY."
Talk about the height of hypocracy!
I was unaware that this was from a book, I may now seek that book out for further reading. It was interesting, though even with all of the facts compiled, it's painfully apparent of the author's bias and agenda. To quote some of the hysterical assumptions made by environmentalists at the time is telling. I thought it also rather presumptive of Mr. Gillman (I can't resist noting that's what they called the vile amphibious menace in the classic 50's horror film, "Creature From The Black Lagoon
) to write off Concorde when it had just barely been in service for a year but hey, he was trying to sell a book with a hot topic. One thing I most find fault with is his apparent penchant to degradate innovative thinking and risk-taking in the aviation industry, the sort of thing without which there'd be no progress. Okay, Concorde might have been conceptually flawed but the thinking that conceived and produced it is conspicuously absent in the industry today and I think the industry is much poorer for it. Without the will to do challenging projects like the SST, aviation progress has been stifled in many ways. Progress continues in smaller degrees but it is incremental; neither the A380 or 7E7, though they are very important, are truly major advances of the order of the original Comet, 707, 747 and Concorde. That the Concorde wasn't truly a commercial sense is, I think in the grand scheme of thing, less important than that the British and French worked together to create a revolutionary airliner and did it! In the long run, we'll remember Concorde for what it was-a unique, comfortable way to fly safely at military fighter speeds, rather than for the fact the 2 governments lost money on it. And please, I must take issue with Herb Coleman's complaint of "a high noise level", that was not apparent to me-I never had to raise my voice to converse with my fellow passengers.