The Concorde lands in New York

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The Air France Concorde inaugurated the Paris-New York service, taking off from Roissy at 11:12* to land at Kennedy airport at 08:47* on 22 November 1977.

Air France brought the big white bird into service in 1976, on routes to Rio, Caracas and Washington. New York was supposed to be the last destination served. But under pressure from local residents and ecological activists, Kennedy Airport decided to ban the Concorde. Too noisy. Eighteen months later, following an assessment of the anti-noise procedures implemented by the two airlines, the Supreme Court cancelled the decision. 

Concorde could cross the Atlantic in 3 hr 39 minutes, as opposed to 33 hrs 30 minutes for Lindberg’s Spirit of Saint-Louis, in 1927. An amazing achievement at an altitude of 17,000 metres and 2,200 km/h above the Atlantic!  Some forty years ago, Air France inaugurated the Paris-New York service by supersonic Concorde under the admiring glance of the Figaro reporter. “As gracious as a glider, the Concorde appears to scare off the swarm of TV and police helicopters that hastily scatter. In the air traffic control tower where the press are gathered, every single journalist applauds”. Concorde landed on runway 31 in New York.

 *local time

 The Concorde in a few figures

 Capacity: 100 passengers

Length inside the cabin: 2.63 metres

Speed: 2,200 km/h, i.e. twice the speed of sound (Mach 2.02)

Total length (including the beam???): 62.19 metres

Wingspan: 25.56 metres

Wing surface: 358.25 sq. m

Empty weight: 79.265 tonnes

Cruising altitude: 16,000 to 18,000 m

Air France flight hours: 90,087

Air France landings: 33,183

Number of passengers carried by Air France: 1,414292

Number of stations served by Air France: 252

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