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Did anybody fly on a Concorde before they were grounded? I was reading about them earlier tonight and I want to fly on one now.
 

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yes... very narrow and well appointed for back then.
 

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My uncle flew on them frequently and told me about the curvature of the planet visible from the windows. That is so crazy.
 

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Calling Jetblast! I think he mentioned he rode one just before they were grounded.
 

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Originally Posted by Alter
Calling Jetblast! I think he mentioned he rode one just before they were grounded.

isn't he like 16 years old? I don't think that would have been a memorable ride for him.
 

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Originally Posted by SField
isn't he like 16 years old? I don't think that would have been a memorable ride for him.

thats not what he said about your mom.
 

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If you'll remember, the fleet was grounded after a crash several years ago. A few jets were then put back into service I think, and the first flight after the grounding, which resumed commercial transatlantic trips, was on September 11, 2001.

You may recall that it was overshadowed by some other news that day. . .

Subsequently the program was shut down due to a decrease in airline flight in general.
 

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Mobutu Sese Seko used to charter the Concorde for shopping trips, and to ferry his hairdresser from NY to Africa.
 

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Originally Posted by Connemara
My uncle flew on them frequently and told me about the curvature of the planet visible from the windows. That is so crazy.


uhhhhhh that's nice but no different from any other plane. I am pretty sure you can see the curvature from like a mile above the surface, and the concord doesn't really fly higher than other transatlantic airliners anyway.
 

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Originally Posted by Flambeur
uhhhhhh that's nice but no different from any other plane. I am pretty sure you can see the curvature from like a mile above the surface, and the concord doesn't really fly higher than other transatlantic airliners anyway.

The curvature is a lot more evident on a concorde. They flew at 56,000 ft. whereas normal transatlantic fly at 36,000 ft. The higher elevation actually caused concern for radiation issues.
 

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I Agree with above, I read that the Concorde flew at around 55-60 thousand feet. A normal transatlantic airline flies at about 30-35.
 

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Originally Posted by West24
thats not what he said about your mom.

 

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Originally Posted by Alter
Calling Jetblast! I think he mentioned he rode one just before they were grounded.

That is right. I rode in the cockpit jumpseat with my uncle serving as Flight Engineer. I don't remember a whole lot of it but the most memorable part of the experience was literally being pushed back into my seat when the afterburners kicked in. Concorde cruised around 56,000 feet most of the time, so the curvature of the earth was apparent.

Certainly a glorious aircraft, it's a shame she is no longer flying. It's still my favorite design in aerospace.
 

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Yeah definitely one of those things you have to do once in your lifetime regardless of cost. Unfortunately I was still in high school when they were grounded permanently so I'll never get the chance.

Was watching the movie Sabrina with my GF and Harrison Ford took a Concorde to Paris on a whim, made me wish I had gotten into the working world about 10 years earlier.
 

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