In the era of Concorde, flying aboard this iconic aircraft was like being part of an elite club. Flying at the edge of space, seeing the curvature of the earth as well as jetting off to exotic locations on private charters were just normal parts of the job for Concorde employees. Sally Armstrong recounts her experiences as a stewardess flying with the rich and famous, meeting the superstars and royals, and ensuring their memories of flying on these special journeys were as special as they could be. Reflecting on Concorde's near 30 years of service, from the heady beginnings to the tragic Air France Crash in 2001, the author also considers the important work of the Save Concorde Group. This book commemorates a unique era of flying with all the adventure, glamour and glitz that it entailed.
The Crash of Flight 4590 and the End of Supersonic Passenger Travel
Author: Samme Chittum
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
Category: Technology & Engineering
The gripping true tale of a devastating plane crash, the investigation into its causes, and the race to prevent similar disasters in the future. On July 25, 2000, a Concorde, the world's fastest passenger plane, was taking off from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris when it suddenly burst into flames. An airliner capable of flying at more than twice the speed of sound, the Concorde had completed 25 years of successful flights, whisking wealthy passengers--from diplomats to rock stars to corporate titans--between continents on brief and glamorous flights. Yet on this fateful day, the chartered Concorde jet, en route to America, crashed and killed all 109 passengers and crew onboard and four people on the ground. Urgent questions immediately arose as investigators scrambled to discover what had gone wrong. What caused the fire? Could it have been prevented? And, most urgently, was the Concorde safe to fly? Last Days of the Concorde addresses these issues and many more, offering a fascinating insider's look at the dramatic disaster, the hunt for clues, and the systemic overhauls that followed the crash.
First flown in 1969, Concorde was the first supersonic aircraft to go into commercial service in 1976 and made her final flight in 2003. She was operated primarily by British Airways and Air France. British Airways' Concordes made just under 50,000 flights and flew more than 2.5m passengers supersonically. A typical London to New York crossing would take a little less than three and a half hours compared to around eight hours for a 'subsonic flight'. In November 1986 a Concorde flew around the world, covering 28,238 miles in 29 hours, 59 minutes. Today, Concordes can be viewed at museums across the UK and in France, including at IWM Duxford, Brooklands and Fleet Air Arm Museum, as well as at Heathrow, Manchester and Paris-Orly airports. However, there have been recent reports suggest that a Concorde may start operating commercially again. Through a series of key documents the book tells the story of how the aircraft was designed and developed as well as ground-breaking moments in her commercial history.
How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World
Author: Sean Carroll
Winner of the prestigious 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books “A modern voyage of discovery.” —Frank Wilczek, Nobel Laureate, author of The Lightness of Being The Higgs boson is one of our era’s most fascinating scientific frontiers and the key to understanding why mass exists. The most recent book on the subject, The God Particle, was a bestseller. Now, Caltech physicist Sean Carroll documents the doorway that is opening—after billions of dollars and the efforts of thousands of researchers at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland—into the mind-boggling world of dark matter. The Particle at the End of the Universe has it all: money and politics, jealousy and self-sacrifice, history and cutting-edge physics—all grippingly told by a rising star of science writing.
Collected Essays and Tales of Love and Other Objects
Author: Gus Udo
Publisher: Gus Udo
Category: Biography & Autobiography
THE PLIMSOLL LINE: Collected Essays and Tales of Love and Other Subjects, a thoroughly entertaining and well written collection of essays and tales. The book is reflective of the author’s unique vantage point and his keen sense of humor and satire. This is the author’s second book, his first was: Oyibos: Memoirs of Culture Shock.