I'll try this under a more fitting subject. Sorry for the repeat.
Like many of you on this forum, I have been watching the TV with much intent today. A good bit of the time (especially when watching NBC) I have been rather annoyed with the stupidity of claims made by overzealous journalists. I have been downright angered by radio talk show hosts making jokes about the incident. I watched WHDH-TV Boston introduce their Concorde story with a movie-ish voice making it out like the plot opening in some horror flick.
I was watching someone on CNN say something I felt was a leap when CNN did something absolutely brilliant. They found an ex-Concorde pilot in Vancouver, BC to speak up. I wish I had my VCR running, or at least a pen and paper to take notes, because what he said was absolutely brilliant and shut up a lot of people. Even the FedEx pilot who witnessed the crash was corrected some.
Unfortunately, I do not remember every point that Capt. Duffy said in his interview as he said a lot of things. However, I remember one clear point he was really trying to push: Concorde does not stall. We always try to pin conventional logic on this very non-conventional plane, and we don't necessarily know that the Concorde being a delta wing performs differently than what we're used to.
The FedEx pilot hinted at criticism that the late Concorde pilot kept raising the nose until the plane stalled and crashed. Instead the retired Concorde pilot, making sure to repeated point out that Concorde does not stall stated that things are handled differently, and instead of stalling, Concorde pilots have to watch to make sure the plane always stays above the "zero rate of climb speed" which is cousin to, but not the same as stall speed.
Another point he drove home was that no quad with 2 engines out will be able to climb. He compared Concorde with 747 and A340 in that respect saying all three jets in a 2 out situation on takeoff would be doomed. (He made no comment about 2- or 3-engined jets.)
He pushed the possible explanation that a bird strike could have caused an uncontained engine failure affecting the other engine in the pod as well as a possibility of fuel leak.
Did anyone else see this report around 10:30 pm EDT? Can you add to or correct anything that I've mentioned here? Again, an incredible interview. Hopefully CNN will be wise to at least play snipets of this again in the coming days.