The British-built prototype Concorde 002 arrived in South Africa on Wednesday (24 January) for two weeks of tests in special conditions.
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Background: The British-built prototype Concorde 002 arrived in South Africa on Wednesday (24 January) for two weeks of tests in special conditions.
The supersonic jetliner will be in Johannesburg until the 11th of February. While it's there, it will be put through intensive 'hot and high' tests. These are special tests designed to determine Concorde's ability to handle supersonic flight in the thin, hot air of the region. A big crowd turned out to watch Concorde 002 touch down perfectly at Jan Smuts airport, but a lot of their enthusiasm had gone. Concorde was just over 24 hours late. It had broken down in Monrovia, Liberia, with an oil leak.
The British Aircraft Corporation said that the leak was a minor one, and it could have been fixed in time for Concorde to arrive in Johannesburg on schedule. But they chose to repair it the next day so that Concorde could arrive by daylight.
While it is in Johannesburg, Concorde will make about 20 trial flights before it flies off to Cape Town for five days.
SYNOPSIS: One of the world's most controversial aircraft, the supersonic British-built Concorde 002, arrived in Johannesburg on Wednesday to show off its paces in the thin hot air over South Africa. But in the eyes of the big crowd that turned up at Jan Smuts airport, Concorde had already blotted its copybook by arriving 24 hours late. It had broken down in liberia with an oil leak.
Nothing too serious, according to the British Aircraft Corporation, but they chose to delay it a little longer than necessary so it could arrive in daylight.
B.A.C. is interested in the performance of Concorde in the special thin air conditions that exist in extremely hot climates. Concorde will make about 20 flights out and back to Johannesburg. It's due to stay in Johannesburg until the 11th of February. From there, Concorde flies to Cape Town for five days.