posted on Aug, 23 2015 @ 02:58 PM
a reply to: Blackfinger
Yeah, we let them paint it.
Joking of course. Concorde was a combination of the Bristol 220 SST and the Sud Est Super-Caravelle SST. In a foretaste of things to come, we conceded
the first flight to Toulouse. In a similar vein a lot of people don't realise that the Airbus A300 was designed by Hawker Siddeley and the name Airbus
itself was a classification used by BEA (British European Airways) for whom it was designed in competition with the BAC Two-Eleven and De Havilland
DH134 (Boeing 757 clone in concept and evolution but over a decade earlier).
So, British designers coming up with Concorde, A300 and (effectively) the 757. Boasting? Not really. It annoys the hell out of me what an incompetent
bunch of knobs we are. We even presented the DH121 to Boeing in 1958 , only for the 727 to emerge along similar lines and wipe the floor with it, the
best Harriers were developed by McDonnell Douglas while Hawker Siddely did nothing but draw nice pictures. And not forgetting we scrapped the Miles
M.52, presenting its flying tail technology to Bell for the X-1. I wish we could have made something by ourselves.
So near, but always so far.
PS, As for the Russians doing it first, I know what you mean, except theirs never carried a fare paying passenger as it was too dangerous, Concorde
served for 26 years, no comparison.
edit on 23-8-2015 by waynos because: (no reason given)