• Short Summary

    Those for and against the proposed scheduled service of Concorde flights to United States airports, presented their cases to Transportation Secretary, William Coleman, in Washington on Monday (5 January).

  • Description

    Those for and against the proposed scheduled service of Concorde flights to United States airports, presented their cases to Transportation Secretary, William Coleman, in Washington on Monday (5 January).

    Sixty speakers spoke during the hearing, which was the climax of more than a year of investigations by the Federal Government on the possible environmental impact of the supersonic aircraft. Mr. Coleman, will decide whether the Concorde will be allowed to land in his country.

    The most compelling argument against Concorde concerned noise. Its defenders said that it was not so noisy as many subsonic aircraft and that the small number of flights involved would make no appreciable difference.

    Its opponents, notably the Environmental Protection Agency, said this was not so and made the point that its builders hoped British Airways and Air France would be so successful that other airlines would want to start Concorde services.

    Both France and Britain sent Ministers to present the case for allowing Concorde flights. A delegation of Concorde's opponents from England also attended the meeting and one of them, the Bishop of Kingston upon Thames, the Right Reverend Hugh Montefiore, delivered a strong attack on the aircraft's noise levels at Heathrow.

    One of the Concorde's supporters at the hearing was Senator Barry Goldwater. He said he had never known of so much misinformation put out on any one subject as on the supersonic transport plane.

    (This film is serviced with sound extracts from speeches by the United States Secretary of Transportation, Mr. William Coleman, Senator Barry Goldwater and the Right Rev. Hugh Montefiore. A transcript of all three speeches follows.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6DN5I1PEPSLQ5RCYK0OXZ4UR7
    Media URN:
    VLVA6DN5I1PEPSLQ5RCYK0OXZ4UR7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/12/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:12:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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