Some French supersonic Concorde pilots recently took to a slower means of travel -- ballooning.?
SV Pilots preparing balloon with crowd around watching (2 shots)
AERIAL V FROM Balloon as crowd waves
AV balloon shadow across ground
CU H. Duran and M. Ziegler adjust gas controls (3 shots)
AV Countryside from balloon (2 shots)
Initials BB/1940 JB/MR/BB/1950
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Background: Some French supersonic Concorde pilots recently took to a slower means of travel -- ballooning. They spent a day floating over the fields around Toulouse.
The men were all pilots of the Air France Concordes that fly between Paris and Rio de Janeiro at a speed of over 1,400 miles per hour (about 2,250 kilometres per hour).
The pilots decided that about the only form of air travel they hadn't experienced was ballooning, and they went to Toulouse to remedy the situation.
Crowds gathered to watch the hot-air balloons slowly rise above the home of one of the pilots, Jean Dabos.
But the landings weren't quite so peaceful as the lift-offs for some. M. Duran and M. Ziegler seemed to be a bit lost without their computerised landing system and came down in a tree. M. Duran was one of the early Concorde test pilots.
SYNOPSIS: Air France Concorde pilots slowed down for the day recently. They gave up their supersonic aircraft for hot-air balloons and took to the skies near Toulouse -- French home of Concorde. One of the pilots -- M. Duran -- was one of the early test pilots for Concorde.
The pilots normally fly the route between Paris and Rio de Janeiro at over 1,400 miles per hour with a set of highly developed electronic controls. But for their journey in the balloons the speed was a bit more peaceful and the controls were far more basic.
The journey back to earth was not so peaceful for some though. M. Duran and his co-pilot for the day, M. Ziegler, missed Concorde's landing system and came down on a tree.