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      08.09.2000 04:43
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      I find it very sad to think we will no longer see the beautiful sight of Concorde taking off and landing at Heathrow. From the office where I work, we could see it going up, and we could always set our watches by it at 10.50am. We all used to stop to see it go up, it was such a brilliant sight. But know, since the terrible accident in Paris, seeing it at that time taking off, it made us all stop and look. It was very eerie to see. I guess we all had our own thoughts. If it never flies again it will be a shame. It is like a London Bus, or a Black cab, England is known for Concorde. What will replace it? Hmm... I guess time will tell... Thank you Concorde for gracing our skies, you will be missed by many.

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      07.09.2000 06:26

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      I have to admit that if there were only cars of a certain model on the road, and when they punctured a tyre, one of the buggers went up in flames, I wouldn't buy that car. Concorde is invested with an enormous amount of significance; I didn't go round telling people that I'd travelled Boeing 757 to Sydney last year because no-one would give a monkey's, and no-one seems to know what Club Class is, despite the fact that it is infinitely more luxurious than Concorde. Nevertheless, I travelled on Concorde in 1997 and I can still dine out on telling people about it. Occasionally, Concorde used to fly out from Manchester over my work and my colleagues would beg me to tell them about the experience again. So here is some news for all of you folks - if it never flies again, it won't be any great loss. Yes, it's very fast. Yes, it's very exclusive, and it's the only plane on which I have been give an certificate.flies again, you're life is not incomplete. Yes, it's very But so what? Cachet means nothing, it's just a plane. It doesn't have the sink into seat luxury of Club Class, the wide seats of a good Business class, and the food is, you know, nice, but only as far as airplane food goes. I've had much better on other less heralded flights. It's a bit cramped to be honest, and you can tell that it's old. Fast planes will rise again, and if you want to pay through the nose for a plane ticket, there are any number of pricey tickets for you to buy. I've been there, I've done it; it was nice, but not nice enough for all of the fuss that has been made. I say, I hope all of the French Concorde's passengers have passed through God's departure lounge and enjoy the delights of their Final Destination, and let's mourn them, rather than the clunky piece of merchandising that took them there.

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      02.09.2000 09:43
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      This cannot be the swansong of Concorde. Investigations have shown it was an accident & not a major fault with the design or maintenance of the aircraft so why is it still grounded? As has been said, the world would not ground every 747 if one crashed. Most people who have seen this magnificent plane in flight stand transfixed as she flees past. I live very close to Heathrow & have seen her thousands of times, I always watch with a sense of pride. It has been my ambition to fly on Concorde ever since I first saw her as a child, I was within 13 months of achieving my dream as my husband was to take me on my dream flight for my 25th anniversary next September. Now my dream is gone. many believe she will never fly again. What a waste. This is not my dream alone, there must be many people already booked on their dream flight disappointed now.The chance to experience not only flying at twice the speed of sound but the luxuary of this beautiful plane albeit only for a few hours is an experience few of us could ever forget. I don't want to fly at any cost, but the accident was just that tragic as it was. I have no fear of a repeat crash. As it is, if Concorde does not fly again the world will only remember the first supersonic passenger jet as the graveyard of 113 people, surley not a fitting end for the flagship of our nations aircraft fleet. I have been lucky enough to look over the plane many years ago & maybe this will have to suffice. I certainly hope this is not the case.

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        04.08.2000 01:58
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        Oh Dear - what an incredibly tragic accident, not just for those who died, their families and friends, but for a part of the magic of human flight. Having flown on Concorde, I can honestly say that it must be one of the greatest experiences available to anyone, regardless of their age or financial position. To think that such a wonderful machine may be coming to the end of its useful life must surely bring a tear to the eye of anyone who has been lucky enough to have travelled on one, however briefly. The age-old problem, of course, is at what point do we consider that the safety of the passengers can no longer be guaranteed at a cost that makes the plane commercially viable. At least the latest incident, as with so many similar tragedies, has brought to the attention of the public the awareness that all safety considerations are balanced against cost. Harsh though it may be, plane crashes, like those involving cars, trains or ships, should not in themselves cause the demise of the vehicle concerned unless it can be clearly proved that they are inherently dangerous. In the case of Concorde, while it has never before been involved in a crash with loss of life, it must now now be the job of the accident investigators to look at all aspects of the plane and review all its past history of both major and minor problems. Only then will people feel secure. My fervent hope is that the planes still in service can be proved to be safe, with whatever repairs and modifications are necessary being carried out regardless of cost. If such a tragedy should occur again, it will probably lead to the planes being taken out of service and such a great part of our aviation heritage could never be relaced. It may be a worry to many people, but on balance I would, given another chance, love to travel on this fine aircraft again.

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          02.08.2000 07:47
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          British Airways has always strived for unparalleled service and safety. And, as far as Concorde is concerned, acheive this. Air France is the only other airline with Concorde but so it may seem a little unfair to say that Air France don't live up to the standard exacted by British Airways but to re-iterated the title to my opinion not all airlines are created the same and though they may all strive to attain the best of service and passenger safety not all airlines have the same success. I believe that British Airways ARE more responsible as they have as many reported incidents of malfunction and reported problems but where necessary they have cancelled flights, grounded and even retired a Concorde from completely from service almost a week before the Air France disaster. The British Airways safety record with Concorde is earned by dilligence and not simply as a knee-jerk reaction after creating the first supersonic body count. Just look at Air France's record of safety with the Airbus 320 - probably the safest jet in our skies - now these are operated by most of the major airlines and, with exception of one Lauda Air jet, ALL other crashes of the A320 are attributable to Air France impressive huh ? Concorde and the A320 are among the safest in our skies so don't blame the aircraft designers but instead blame or praise the operators as they deserve. The French would have you believe that gun manufactures kill people whereas in truth it is a charge that occasionally can be laid fairly and justly at the feet of airlines.

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          01.08.2000 01:50

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          This question can be very debateable as today BA were considering grounding their Concorde fleet after 3 incidents this weekend. One Concorde had to be diverted to Canada to land because the passengers and crew smelt petrol onvboard and another incident in which when Concorde was approaching landing there was a large bang from one of the engines reported. I think the combination of the press and after such a sad tragedy last week people do not want to put people's lives at risk if there are problems with Concorde. Can you imagine the uproar if the BA fleet were not grounded and one crashed? Hearing an expert on Sky News today saying that Concorde has always had engine problems because it hasn't got a big enough tank to carry the correct amount of fuel it should for a journey from London to New York. Maintenance on the fleet of Concorde is described as first-class with no other plane receiving such treatment. I live in Cardiff and Concorde flies directly over my house a couple of time a day flying from London's Heathrow to new York. It only takes 15 minutes to travel from London to Cardiff and I always stop whatever I am doing to look at Concorde as she flies by. This majestic plane is under a lot of fire recently and I hope that there isn't a repeat of last week's disaster. So do you think BA's Concordes should be grounded?

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          05.07.2000 06:21
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          Having reached my mid-40s without ever having flown I was totally stunned one July day 3 years ago when I received a letter to say that I had won a weekend to Cairo and would be flying on – Concorde! All my friends were green with envy, as you can imagine! As I’m not renowned for travelling well – I always take travel sickness tablets for long journeys (more than 30 miles usually) my partner was most concerned as to how I would survive travelling at the speed of sound when I’m always telling him to slow down when the car exceeds 60 mph! But he agreed to come with me on my ‘Flight of Fantasy’ I phoned BA a few weeks before our flight and explained that I hadn’t flown before and was not a good traveller. The lady was most helpful and offered to put us at the very front of the plain ‘just behind the pilot.’ This later turned out to be the seat favoured by the Queen and with loads of extra leg room! We also had the LCDs immediately in front of us, which told us how high we were flying, how fast we were flying, the temperature on the wings – down to minus 60º at one point - and various other fascinating facts. The great day dawned on the very last day of October, with a heavy frost lying on the ground. We met at 5 am with the other 41 winners and their partners at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel for a Champagne reception. This was a very smart hotel and we were well looked after for the hour or so we were there with seemingly unlimited Champagne and orange juice. By the time we reached the Concorde Lounge the atmosphere was electric. We enjoyed more drinks, alcoholic or tea and coffee, in the Concorde Lounge plus various biscuits etc – just what you need at 7 am – trying to relax and contain our excitement. Finally we were told we could board and I was the first passenger to step onto Concorde. Having never been on an aeroplane everything was exciting, from th
          e tiny windows, not much bigger than my hand to the pull-down tables, comfy leather seats and miniscule loo. I was surprised that Concorde is no wider inside than a luxury coach, with just 2 seats on either side of the very narrow aisle. After nearly an hour’s delay, due to the frost I think, we finally taxied slowly to the end of our runway and waited for no more than a couple of minutes for our flying slot. That was the only time I felt nervous. What on earth was I doing here? Suddenly we were off and taxiing down the runway at nearly 200 miles per hour. Despite my fear of travelling fast in a car, the thrill and exhilaration as we took off is something I will ALWAYS remember. Tears welled in my eyes as I gripped my partner’s hand in sheer joy – but he had his eyes shut because he is frightened of heights! What a pair we must have looked! Flying over the frosty South Downs was magical – I had never seen frosty clouds from above before and a few minutes later we were passing over the French coastline. For the technically minded, Concorde has a seating capacity of just 100 passengers with no first or second class. It has a take-off speed of 250 mph. It is 203 ft 9 ins long and has a cruising speed of 1,336 mph (2,150 kph/Mach 2) at 55,000 ft (approximately 10 miles high). We were all invited on to the flight deck and were amazed to see how many controls and displays were packed into such a small space. The screen seemed incredibly small and was nothing like as big as a modern HGV lorry screen. Food, including caviar (yuk) and salmon, and drink, mainly champagne, was served almost constantly during our 3 hour flight by the very helpful stewardesses. Our meal was beautifully served on china dishes, totally different from the plastic compartmented plates used on other planes I have since found out. We even had china salt and pepper sets. All too soon we were circling the Pyramids in Cairo and ou
          r journey was at an end. If you ever get the chance to fly on Concorde, go for it. It really is THE very best way to travel and I felt far safer flying 10 miles above the Mediterranean at twice the speed of sound than I ever do on the M25! It may be expensive but for the price of a tin of Tesco soup and a stamp it was totally unbeatable, in fact "SOUP-erb"!

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