Concorde 002, Britain's prototype of the Anglo-French supersonic airliner touched down in Darwin, in Australia's Northern Territory, on Thursday (15 June).
Concorde 002, Britain's prototype of the Anglo-French supersonic airliner touched down in Darwin, in Australia's Northern Territory, on Thursday (15 June). The aircraft is on (a month-long, 40,000 mile (65,000 km) promotional tour.
Although the airliner has created opposition in Australia because of fear of pollution and environmental damage from sonic booms, the only obvious sign of disapproval near the airport was a sing demanding "Ban the Boom".
The Concorde was 2 hours and 15 minutes late into Darwin because of a mechanical problem in Manila.
A crowd of about 1,000 people, including cameramen and reporters, were on hand at Darwin Civil Airport to watch the landing. It's reported that most of the watchers weren't aware of the Concorde until it was almost directly overhead.
In order type prevent any demonstrations, the airliner was guarded while it was in Darwin. In the event, however, there were no incidents. But demonstrations did take place in Sydney and Melbourne.
On Saturday (17 June), the airliner flew from Darwin to Sydney and for much of the time it cruised at supersonic speeds. And reports from isolated sheep stations under the flight path said there were no harmful effects from sonic boom. It's said that many Australians were surprised at the Concorde's lack of noise.