• Short Summary

    The French supersonic Concorde airliner arrived half an hour lat on its first commercial flight from Paris to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -- but it still took more than four hours off the usual flight time.

  • Description

    The French supersonic Concorde airliner arrived half an hour lat on its first commercial flight from Paris to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -- but it still took more than four hours off the usual flight time.

    Pilot M. Pierre Chanoine said a slight technical fault had caused the delay, forcing the plane to fly at subsonic speed or more than half an hour after its only refuelling stop at Dakar, the capital of Senegal in west Africa. The fault was an air vent which failed to open.

    Concorde took seven hours 30 minutes to fly the 6,145 mile (9, 767 kms) journey.

    The British and French governments had together spent an enormous 1,200 million pounds sterling (about 2,400 million US dollars) developing Concorde over 14 years.

    Both countries made their first commercial trips a the same time. The British Airways Concorde was 20 minutes ahead of schedule on its trip from London to Bahrain. Its total flight time was three hours 37 minutes.

    Concorde files at more than twice the speed of sound -- 1,350 miles per hour (2,160 kms p.h.).

    French Secretary of State for Transport M. Marcel Cavaille was on board for the first flight. While at Rio he said he was "waiting with confidence" for a United States' government decision on whether Concorde can land in the United States. The decision will mean much to the governments of Britain and France because the North Atlantic route is likely to be the most profitable for Concorde.

    The French Concorde left Rio Four hours after its arrival, taking five hours 49 minutes on the way back -- dead on schedule.

    SYNOPSIS: Rio de janeiro airport, Brazil where the French supersonic Concorde jetliner arrived half an hour late on its first commercial trip from Paris on Wednesday. But Cncorde still took four hours off the usual flight time. Pilot pierre Chanoine said a slight technical fault had caused the delay, making Concorde fly at subsonic speed for more than half an hour after its only refuelling stop at Dakar, Senegal in west Africa. The fault was an air vent which failed to open.

    Concorde took seven hours thirty minutes. Subsonic jets take about twelve hours to make the six thousand nine hundred and forty five mile journey.

    French Secretary of State for Transport M. Marcel Cavaille was on the first flight. While at Rio he said he was waiting with confidence for the important United States' government decision on whether the Anglo-French Concorde can land in the United States.

    Four hours later Cncorde flew back to Paris at times at over twice the speed of sound taking only five hours forty-nine minutes on the return leg--dead on schedule.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6LP4WTJILDTBBVEBT2C6CR440
    Media URN:
    VLVA6LP4WTJILDTBBVEBT2C6CR440
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/01/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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