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Greetings, everyone! Bet you weren't quite expecting this, eh?
As I write this, it is Day 9 of working from home because of the Covid-19 outbreak. You’ve seen the news about people having to stay home unless travel is absolutely necessary, and airlines around the world grounding their fleet or suspending their operations altogether. Instead of worrying about the future, today I welcome you to join me in revelling on what was a glorious era of air travel.
As you are able to deduce from the header, yes, this report is that of a BA Concorde flight from London-Heathrow to New York-JFK. Do note that because I haven’t that many photos, the writing style of this report will somewhat differ from my other ones.
Departure Airport – Heathrow
The aircraft, parked at the gate. The photo was taken from the BA Concorde Room, which was luxuriant with offerings fitting for their VIP guests.
If you think the aircraft looks small, you’re not the only one. The length of the Concorde, at 62 meters, is comparable to modern jetliners like the Boeing 787-9, or Airbus A330-300. However, the internal fuselage width is only about 2.62 meters, compared to the A330’s 5.26 meters across.
The narrow fuselage had everything to do with reducing drag to allow for greater speeds, and achieve that it did.
Takeoffs were very loud, thanks to the Rolls-Royce/SNECMA Olympus 593, and its afterburners.
Concorde flights operated at very high speeds, and altitude. The climb was all the way up to more than 50,000ft.
Catch the speed indicator clocking Mach 2. ;)
Meals were served. I took no photos of the meal itself, however I did take it home with me.. ahem.
How’s the curvature of the Earth (with a bit of the Delta wing) for a dining view?
It should be noted that, although tickets were billed as First/Supersonic Class (and priced accordingly), it would fall under Premium Economy by today’s standards.
Upon arrival, my brother and I took it to ourselves to see if we could take photos inside the cockpit. The pilots gladly obliged!
This section isn't really for the tourism bonus. Instead, it's for some of the souvenirs brought home from the flight, like the hand luggage tag..
The Sennheiser headphones
And the postcard.
Concorde flights were ethereal. You were in a metal tube with many very important (and old) passengers, moving twice the speed of sound, and you landed “before” you took off.
Might we see the return of supersonic air passenger travel in the future? Will it be economically/environmentally viable? Who knows! I know I’d book myself on another supersonic flight if they come back around in my lifetime.
Until then, I suppose I should focus on being able to retire early.
Cheers, everyone! And happy quarantine!