Comments on: Remembering the Concorde crash What makes a great picture? Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:13:37 +0000 hourly 1 By: grfg8r Sat, 24 Jul 2010 21:46:28 +0000 People, according to a “new” report from Smithsonian,
*the plane had 1000 lbs of extra luggage not accounted for.
*Took on an extra 2.5 tons of fuel for takeoff and only used half of it.
So, you’re looking at about a ton of extra weight totally unaccounted for.

Then there was the missing tire spacer left off/found in the maint. hanger that keeps the plane’s tires from wobbiling during takeoff. Concorde missed another AF 747 by 30 ft during takeoff because of wobble.

Not to mention, after the fuel tank rupture in 1989 @ Dulles, the European Aviation Safety Board recommended adding kevlar to line the fuel tanks and upgrading the tire and wheel carriage were totally ignored by Aerospatsiale (now Airbus). Naturally all this was added AFTER the crash @ a cost of $20mil.

By: jksappy Sat, 24 Jul 2010 16:26:46 +0000 Really very sad — a greatly reliable high speed bird taken out because of a stupid piece of FOD loose on the runway! Good deal it wasn’t the only A/C passenger transport type, or it would be the same as the moratorium on off shore drilling and we’d be no where, with very slow, inefficient and skyrocketing travel costs for anything except a donkey! Cheers! jk :)