Date: 09 Dec 97 03:54:27 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Terry Schell) Organization: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign References: 1 2 3
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email@example.com writes: <snip> >barrier right above my head. How much noise will I perceive? If it is a >heck of a lot, then you are right. If it is not, then the ban imposed by >the US on supersonic flights over its own land was a political knee jerk >to assure the Concorde was a failure. I have heard the claim made a few times that the noise restrictions "killed" the concorde (a few times in this thread in fact). I would like to contest this claim. Although the restrictions hurt concorde sales to some extent, in the end, the plane isn't viable economically. There simply isn't a market for transportation that costs more than $500 per man-hour saved. They might have been able to sell a few more of the planes without the flight restrictions, but the airlines would have retired them quickly because they could not sell the tickets at a price that covers the expenses. Not to mention the fact that the planes would have been sold at a loss. Selling 20 more planes and losing an extra $100 million would not have made the program any more successful.