megatop
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Concorde Test Flight To Day 1400 Bst

Tue Jul 17, 2001 8:30 pm

I have just picked this up from the www.bbc.com page:


The pilot and aircrew of a British Airways Concorde are preparing to make the first test flight since the fleet was grounded following a crash in Paris that killed 113 people.
The supersonic aircraft will take off from Heathrow airport, London, at around 1400 BST, and will be flown by BA's Concorde chief pilot Captain Mike Bannister.



The Paris crash claimed 113 lives

The plane will fly over the Atlantic for approximately three hours and 20 minutes before returning to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

During the flight, it is expected to reach its top speed of 1,350mph - around twice the speed of sound.

The Concorde fleet was grounded after the Air France tragedy near Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris in July last year, which killed 109 passengers and crew, and four people on the ground.

Safety measures

British Airways and Civil Aviation Authority staff on board the test flight will carry out a number of tests following modifications to Concorde's fuel tanks and undercarriage.

The supersonic plane's fuel tanks have been lined with Kevlar to prevent a repeat of last year's crash in France.

The liner is made of a rubber compound successfully used in military helicopters and Formula One cars.

A burst tyre caused last year's crash, flinging debris at a fuel tank and starting a catastrophic fire.

The result of any test flight will be submitted to the Civil Aviation Authority and its French equivalent, with the aim of winning back certificates of air-worthiness suspended in the wake of the Paris crash.

Compensation

The BA fleet has undergone a £17m safety overhaul since the crash and the airline hopes to resume Concorde's passenger service in September.

Air France, which has conducted Concorde test flights at subsonic speeds, hopes to fly again by autumn, but said the timing is up to civil aviation authorities.

The French airline is paying compensation to relatives of the German victims of the Paris Concorde crash.

About 40% of the payments have already been made, the rest should come through in the next few days.

Attorneys have refused to release details of the settlement, but news reports in France and Germany have said the total compensation amounted to roughly $100m.

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Great news.

Megatop

 
mrjworth
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RE: Concorde Test Flight To Day 1400 Bst

Tue Jul 17, 2001 9:44 pm

LHR feed for viewers in the UK, Live now on SKY NEWS Active.
 
gkirk
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RE: Concorde Test Flight To Day 1400 Bst

Tue Jul 17, 2001 9:57 pm

Yeah im watching Sky News and a KU 777 just passed blocking the view of Concorde. This should be a great day in aviation, especially after the recent events.
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gkirk
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RE: Concorde Test Flight To Day 1400 Bst

Tue Jul 17, 2001 10:11 pm

A BA 757 will to after Concorde, before her, is a BA 767.
When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
 
VC-10
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RE: Concorde Test Flight To Day 1400 Bst

Tue Jul 17, 2001 10:18 pm

G-BOAF was airborne 15 secs ago
 
gkirk
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RE: Concorde Test Flight To Day 1400 Bst

Tue Jul 17, 2001 10:23 pm

Great TO from Concorde, the Queen of the Skies is back where it belongs! Sooner it gets back to service the better.
When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
 
mrjworth
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RE: Concorde Test Flight To Day 1400 Bst

Tue Jul 17, 2001 10:30 pm

I dont get the chance to see concorde often and to see that superb coverage, was astounding.

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