Concorde - End of an Era [DVD]

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CONCORDE WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY TECHNOLOGICAL ACHIEVEMENT BORN OUT OF AN ERA WHEN SUPERSONIC TRAVEL CAPTIVATED IMAGINATIONS. But its path from drawing board to flight was fraught with difficulty, as every aspect of the Concorde's design and construction pushed back the frontiers of technology: its aerodynamics, engines, even construction methods. It was also an extraordinary achievement in international co-operation, setting new production standards and methods in place for generations to come. This programme presents a unique insight into the development of the Concorde, going behind the scenes in the many sites in France and Britain where the work was done. The programme also features rare archive footage of the experimental aircraft built to test many of the technologies that went into Concorde. Of special interest are interviews recorded with the late Brian Trubshaw and André Turcat, chief test pilots for the Concorde programme in Britain and France respectively. The programme ends with the tragic crash in Paris, the triumphal return to flight and the memorable images of Concorde's last return to London's Heathrow Airport.

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