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Concorde to fly again

作者:都窿    发布时间:2019-03-06 04:18:02    

By Will Knight British airways plans to start testing its supersonic passenger plane in the air with reinforced fuel tanks within weeks. All Concorde aircraft have been grounded since an Air France accident that claimed 113 lives in July 2000. The crash killed all crew and passengers aboard the flight, as well as four people on the ground. The aircraft crashed when debris on the runway at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris ruptured a tyre during take-off. This caused chunks of rubber to burst a fuel tank and spark a massive fire. Runway taxi-ing tests have been carried out at Heathrow airport on one Concorde that has been fitted with Kevlar fuel tank liners designed to withstand similar damage. The method is similar to the way military helicopters and Formula One racing cars are protected. The Concorde travelled at 30 miles per hour on the runway. The test confirmed that the its steering, brakes and navigational equipment is functioning properly. The first airborne tests of the BA plane could take place as soon as next week. BA plans to fly the same aircraft on a normal route towards New York from Heathrow but return it to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire after an hour and a half. “This would be aimed to simulate the conditions of a normal flight,” a BA spokesman told New Scientist. BA and Air France have said that they hope to reintroduce passenger flights by late summer. British and French aviation authorities must be satisfied that the aircraft has passed a number of safety enhancements before allowing commercial flights again. Air France is also currently testing tyres made from a new, durable material that is designed to remain functional and not to fragment,

 

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