Date: 09 Dec 97 03:54:26 From: email@example.com (James Matthew Weber) Organization: Customer of Access One Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Australia References: 1 2 3
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> >I don't know why people make such a big deal about the noise of the >concord on take off. It really isn't much louder than a Harrier Jump >jet hovering over your head. ;-) Obvioulsy you have never spent any time living under the departure path. I have friends who used to live in Twyford in the UK. They were about 40 miles off the end of the runway at Heathrow that was used for most JFK departures. I used to stay there sometimes when I was in the UK. Every afternoon about 4PM the whole house used to shake. It was Concorde going over, you had to look very hard to spot it. It must have been over 10,000 feet when it went over. That is a guess, but frequently you couldn't see it, it was above the clouds.. It was hard to believe an aircraft that small, that far above could make that much racket. As the house rattled, everyone used to say: 4 o'clock Concorde!! BTW, when I say directly under, I mean directly under. About 10 years ago an Pan-AM 747 dropped part an engine housing on the way out. It ended up quite literally across the street! I subsequently met someone who had worked on the engines, he assured me that behind and beneath the Olympus engines, it really was very. I very noisy. It's been a few years, but I think the guy's name was FFolkes, and I remember he was the Rank-Xerox Professor of Aeronautics at Cambridge.