• Short Summary

    Britain's prototype Concorde 002 supersonic jetliner broke the sound barrier during a test flight today (Wednesday), reaching spades of up to 750 MPH (1200 KPH).

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    Britain's prototype Concorde 002 supersonic jetliner broke the sound barrier during a test flight today (Wednesday), reaching spades of up to 750 MPH (1200 KPH). It was the Anglo-French jetliner's first flight since modifications were begun last April.

    The modifications included the fitting of four new Rolls Royce Olympus engine, each with one ton more thrust than before.

    Today's flight from a Royal Air Force station at Fairford, West England, lasted 87 minutes and the Concorde reached an altitude of 35,000 feet (11,000 metres).

    It was originally planned as a subsonic flight, but test pilot Brian Trubshaw said the flight was going so well eh pushed the aircraft through the sound barrier for a 17-minute spell. Test flights of up to twice the speed of sound -- 1400 miles an hour, (2,240 KPH) -- are planned within the next six weeks.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3B6TDOX81RK6EHVMYY08STLA2
    Media URN:
    VLVA3B6TDOX81RK6EHVMYY08STLA2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/08/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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