Top United States aviation experts have been shown over the test beds of Rolls Royce's Engine Division at Bristol where tests are being carried out on engines for Concorde.
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SCU Int. Party looking at engine in test bed (5 shots)
SV Engineer at monitoring panel
SV Ext. Party looking at fume extractor with smoke coming out of stack
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Background: Top United States aviation experts have been shown over the test beds of Rolls Royce's Engine Division at Bristol where tests are being carried out on engines for Concorde. One of the two major American complaints against Concorde is that its engines produce too much smoke. The other is that the noise level is too high. Rolls Royce believe they have come up with an answer to the first problem and today Mr. J. Shaffer, Administrator of the U.S. Federal Aviation authority, and Mr. R. Malloy the F.A.A. Administrator for Europe and North Africa, were shown the new engine's undergoing tests. The men said they were impressed.
Meanwhile, Concorde's rival, the Soviet T.U. 144, is to be put on show at the Paris airshow opening on May 27. It's expected the first orders for Concorde will be announced at the show...probably by Air France.
SYNOPSIS: One of the biggest problems the Anglo-French Concorde faces is the amount of smoke produced by its engines. Pollution conscious America won't allow the aircraft to fly in the U.S. unless the smoke is cut down. The other major problem is the noise level. Tests are currently being carried out on new engines for Concorde at Rolls Royce's Engine Division in Bristol.
Two top American aviation men, Mr. J. Shaffer, Administrator of the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority, and Mr. R. Malloy, the F.A.A. Administrator for Europe and North Africa, have been shown over the plant to inspect the new engines for Concorde.
On the test bed were two Olympus 593 engines, one a development engine similar to those powering Concorde's 001 and 002, and the other a more advanced version incorporating a new combustion system designed to eliminate smoke in the production engine.
From the exhaust chimney of the development engine a pall of black smoke rose skywards. From the other chimney, a shimmering heat haze was the only shown that the engine was running. The two visitors said they were impressed by what they saw.