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Early Concorde takes its place in new Airbus museum

Airbus has tweeted a photo of Concorde F-WTSB MSN1 (also known as Development Concorde 201) being towed into the soon to open Aeroscopia Museum beside the Airbus headquarters at Toulouse-Blagnac airport.

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The day the Red Star fell to earth at Le Bourget

There was a flying contest at Le Bourget north of Paris 40 years ago that was not about anything as predictable as those between today’s airliner makers.  It was between the dueling supersonic airliners, the Concorde, and the Soviet Union’s TU-144. This was wasn’t Airbus v Boeing, but East versus West.  And the West won.

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NASA revives hopes of a Concorde successor

NASA studies possible study into potential low boom Concorde successor. Keep the champagne on ice.

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Supersonic biz jet patent by Gulfstream revealed

The dream of unrestricted supersonic passenger flight has been boosted by US patent filings from corporate jet maker Gulfstream

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US claims of supersonic breakthrough are hype, but there is progress to report

  Despite some misleading headlines in the US about a NASA supersonic flight breakthrough, there is some very promising progress about sonic boom reduction to report. The Aviation Week site is so burdened with ‘waiting for Sitelife’ delays that it is damn near ‘site dead’, but you can read a comparable report in a flash [...]

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What will we think about Australia-Europe non-stop flights in 20 years time?

One of the most valued contacts this writer has in the air transport industry asked a supposedly simple question today as to ‘how do you think we will see today’s preoccupation with non-stop flights from the eastern capitals to London in 20 years time?’ The question was provoked by the terrific movie of the early [...]

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Boeing’s Concorde successor

Boeing’s study of future options for viable supersonic flight has produced a design for a jet slightly slower than Concorde but with far more range. It would cruise at between Mach 1.6-1.8 compared to Mach 2 or slightly lower for a typical Concorde flight, and carry in a two class singe aisle configuration 120 passengers [...]

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