Britain and France today agreed to push ahead with production of four more Concorde supersonic jets -- implying cautious optimism over the aircraft's future.
GV and CU Concorde being built (4 shots)
SCU PAN Chamant arrives and enters building. Followed by delegation.
SCU Interior (left to right) Davies, Chamant and Cornfield.
SCU British delegates seated.
SV French delegates seated.
GV delegates seated.
CU Cornfiled speaking:
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 8): MR. CORNFIELD: "I think its true to say that most of us would have taken the view that had we been asked a fortnight ago whether or not, or a month ago whenever it was, whether we would prefer the S.S.T. to go on or otherwise, we would have taken the first course. But I think its far too early to say that the fact that the S.S.T. has been stopped is disastrous and I think indeed too early to assess whether it has been stopped. I think efforts will be made by the American Aviation Ministry to revive it."
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Background: Britain and France today agreed to push ahead with production of four more Concorde supersonic jets -- implying cautious optimism over the aircraft's future. Ministers of the two countries also agreed to authorise supply of advance materials for a future six Concordes. The announcement was made after a meeting in London today between France's Minister of Transport, Jean Chamant, and Britain's Minister for Aerospace, Mr. Frederick Cornfield...who was asked about the American decision to stop spending on the S.S.T.....
SYNOPSIS: Britain and France have decided to go ahead with the production of four more Concorde supersonic jets....and to order materials for another six. But the long term future of the airliner is still in doubt.
The go ahead came after a meeting in London between French and British Ministers. The French delegation was led by the country's Minister of Transport, Mr. Jean Chamant. France, aware of the rapid advancements made by the Soviet Union's supersonic T.U.-144, is eager to press ahead with Concorde at the available speed. The British Government has been more cautious, seeking assurance that airlines will be willing to buy the aircraft before approving any large scale production.
Mr. John Davies, Britain's Minister for Trade and Industry on the left and Aeronautics Minister Cornfield on the right had long talks with Mr. Chamant before announcing a decision. The new moves authorised today mean expenditure of some 30 million sterling. The announcement was made by Mr. cornfield who was asked by newsmen about the American supersonic transport aircraft (S.S.T.) project shelved by the U.S......