Saw all I wanted of French engineering with their Minitel system! ;^0
At least they didn’t let the Brits do the menus. lol
I’ve never heard that about the Concorde. It was an impressive piece of machinery, and it would have not suffered that day had it not been for the safety bureaus basically covering up the hydraulic shock fuel tank problem.
In it’s day it was a state of the art airplane. But it burned too much fuel to be practical, probably why Boeing, LockMart, NG and McDg never built a competitor.
Now that supercomputing necessary for proper supersonic aircraft design is cheaply available, I think we will see a supersonic commercial airliner in the next 2 decades, that will be able to be operated out of most airports. But that’s only a guess on my part... I am not in the aero world.
I am in really no hurry to get to Europe at this point in my life, but a 2 hour jump from Raleigh to San Jose would be absolutely grand!