Re: Oxygen - Concorde

Date:         04 Jun 99 00:59:05 
From:         mmallory@netcom.com (Mark Mallory)
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Marc Schaeffer ("marcmsc$$$"@cmdnet.lu) wrote:
: The design case requirement for Concorde was to be able to sustain the
: loss of two cabin windows ( their size was in fact decreased in
: Production model to meet this!) and for the condition to be survivable.

(snip interesting stuff)

The cabin windows on Concorde are each about the size of a large
postcard (4" by 6" or so).  I suspected the reason was to limit the
pressure loss during a high-altitude decompression.

However, it's doubtful that the loss of a WINDSHIELD would result in an
equally survivable condition.  Presumably, they've gone to great lengths
to ensure this can virtually never happen (or is at least much less likely
to happen than the loss of one of the roughly *one hundred* cabin windows).