The Anglo-French supersonic Concorde airliner has been modified to make it more profitable and more practical.
GV Pan Concorde 001 in hangar
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LV Bristol Siddeley technicians looking (two shots)
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Background: The Anglo-French supersonic Concorde airliner has been modified to make it more profitable and more practical. Baggage capacity has been increased by one-third an the number of seats decreased from 136 to 132 -- with the bigger capacity for mail -carrying more than offsetting losses from reduced passenger capacity.
Modifications to the Concorde, recently rumoured to be again in danger of cancellation because of climbing development costs, have increased take-off weight from 350,000 pounds to 367,000 pounds.
To ensure that this increase does not prejudice the target of 45,000 hours -- equivalent to 12 to 15 years of intensive flying - the developers propose to restrict slightly the maximum permissable temperature of the structure. This will bring a slight restriction in maximum cruise speed allowed on some routes.
The 001 prototype of the Concorde is now due to roll out of its hangar on the 11th of December -- about two weeks ahead of the previously estimated date. It's being constructed in Toulouse, France, while the 002 prototype is under construction in Bristol, U.K.