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A £15M (more than $20M USD) roll-out plan is underway to bring the supersonic jet back in a heritage capacity.

The retired "Rolls Royce Of The Skies" -- which held a record average cruise speed of Mach 2 -- could be revived for "heritage flights" just in time for the 2012 Olympics in London

A four-month trial related to the Air France Concorde crash that killed 100 passengers and 9 crew members in 2000 ended days ago and now -- through a partnership between the British Save Concorde Group, SCG, and French group Olympus 593 -- a British-French team is conducting tests at the Le Bourget Air and Space Museum in France to get four Rolls Royce engines running smoothly and the world's first supesonic passenger jet back in the air .  

"This is just the beginning, but we are delighted and privileged to be working with a team of skilled Concorde engineers who both worked on the aircraft at British Airways and Air France," said Vice-chairman of SCG, Ben Lord.

"SCG has always maintained that she could return to flight in a heritage capacity, and the findings of today will hopefully go an awfully long way to proving our point."

The Air France Concorde was retired seven years ago. Its fate was set in motion after its first and only crash when a Concorde -- New York bound flight 4590 leaving France -- hit a metal-strip from a Continental jet that had taken off earlier and its fuel tank exploded soon after take-off. 

In its heyday, the Concorde completed regular transatlantic flights in half the time of regular passenger airliners with routes from London and Paris to Washington and New York and other destinations around the world.   A normal flight time of eight hours would take just under 3.5 hours.  In 2003, it cost passengers more than $10,000 to get onboard the Concorde.

The supersonic transport was in use for 27 years and was first flown in 1969 before entering service in 1976.   Only 20 of the supersonic jets were built.

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Fine article
By Mk4ever on 6/7/2010 12:04:07 PM , Rating: 4
A very well written article.

Providing news first, then needed historical data. Answers every question I had, once I wonder about it while reading.

I am not sure, but I suppose this is a new writer here.

Very well written indeed. Thank you.

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