Aviation Photo #0255584 Aerospatiale-BAC Concorde 102 - British Airways

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At 56.000 feet on the way to work! But, why are the windows this small?
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    Peter Lauer
    British Airways
    Aerospatiale-BAC Concorde 102
    Aerospatiale-BAC Concorde
    Aerospatiale-BAC Concorde
    Aerospatiale-BAC
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    G-BOAE
    In Flight
    International Airspace
    July 10, 2002
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Anonymous
11 years ago
A Piece of ART!!!!!!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I read that for american certification, they had to make them so small. In case of gun shot or something like this... To resume, it's because of some paranoia.
Anonymous
11 years ago
The windows are so small because at higher altitudes the aircraft would depressurize too quickly and the passengers would pass out.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I agree with the first poster. This looks more like a painting than a photograph. Wow.
Anonymous
11 years ago
It had little to do with American paranoia, that came later. The small size of the windows was because of the temperature/pressure extremes...there was even talk of no windows at all in some concepts. I suppose the TU-144 also had tiny windows, to appease US sensibilities? Haha!
Anonymous
11 years ago
To 1st comment: Concorde is an european (french) airplane. is has little to do with politics
fancy picture!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I think it is bigger then it looks
Anonymous
9 years ago
In case of depressurization at 56,000 feet the small windows help to maintain cabin integrity.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Haha, definitely not bigger than it looks. If you've ever been on Concorde, you'd know that they are very small.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Thank you peter for letting us realise big things come in small packages !! beautiful~~especially that ray 'of hope ' ? ~~~concorde again in the future ?? from Dev Misra
Anonymous
8 years ago
This is not only an aircraft photo.. this is art.. thanks from turkey :)
Anonymous
7 years ago
Nice picture, but it could be any aircraft :).

The myth of depressuristion issue on the Concorde windows continues, the difference this would make is so small, it is of a minor concern. The real reason is that expansion and contraction of the fuselage due to heating up during flight at mach 2, can cause fatigue and stress on the window edges. By keeping them small, the issue is greatly reduced.
Anonymous
7 years ago
It's not a French aeroplane - it was built by the French and British 50/50!
The small windows were implemented to reduce the rate of pressure altitude climb in the cabin following the loss of one window at cruising altitude. The case also took into account the chance that one a/c pack might be inoperative. The cabin pressure altitude would briefly reach 40,000 feet but this would be survivable. Interestingly, the prototypes had bigger cabin windows.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Simple solitude!

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