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More: International Airspace, July 10, 2002
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G-BOAE (cn 212) At 56.000 feet on the way to work! But, why are the windows this small?
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A visitor from United States posted Sat June 18, 2011:
Simple solitude!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue September 21, 2010:
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.

A visitor from Jordan posted Thu July 29, 2010:
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.

A visitor from Turkey posted Mon November 2, 2009:
This is not only an aircraft photo.. this is art.. thanks from turkey :)

A visitor from - posted Thu July 16, 2009:
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

A visitor from - posted Tue June 30, 2009:
Haha, definitely not bigger than it looks. If you've ever been on Concorde, you'd know that they are very small.

A visitor from United States posted Sun April 6, 2008:
In case of depressurization at 56,000 feet the small windows help to maintain cabin integrity.

A visitor from Canada posted Wed July 11, 2007:
I think it is bigger then it looks

A visitor from Canada posted Sat October 28, 2006:
To 1st comment: Concorde is an european (french) airplane. is has little to do with politics
fancy picture!

A visitor from Korea, Republic Of posted Mon April 24, 2006:
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!

A visitor from United States posted Mon April 3, 2006:
I agree with the first poster. This looks more like a painting than a photograph. Wow.

A visitor from Canada posted Sat March 11, 2006:
The windows are so small because at higher altitudes the aircraft would depressurize too quickly and the passengers would pass out.

A visitor from France posted Sun February 5, 2006:
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.

A visitor from - posted Sat January 21, 2006:
A Piece of ART!!!!!!!!

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