Why You Couldn’t Afford To Fly Concorde

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Concorde was the world’s most iconic airliner and one of the most technically ambitious projects in aviation history. Billions were spent on its development over a span of more than a decade. When the Concorde program was launched, it was to be the next giant leap forward in air travel. Many believed that mass supersonic commercial air travel would be commonplace by the end of the 1970s.
By the early 1960s, both the British and French had come up with early designs for supersonic airliners. As both efforts moved toward the prototype phase, it increasingly made sense for the two countries to work together to shoulder development costs and the immense technical hurdles. Britain and France formally partnered to launch the Concorde program by signing a treaty in 1962.
Thousands of the brightest French and British engineers were dedicated to making supersonic air travel a reality. By 1963, mockups of Concorde were already capturing the world’s imagination and dazzling the press. Airlines soon placed orders for more than 70 Concordes. Orders were expected to grow to at least 200 by 1975. The Soviet Union responded with the development of their own supersonic airliner and the United States launched the Supersonic Transport program.
However, by the early 1970s, the prospect of mass supersonic travel began to fade. Concorde would enter commercial service in the mid-to-late 1970s, just as the price of oil began to skyrocket. Concorde burned nearly four times more fuel than even a first generation jetliner. Like all supersonic aircraft, Concorde generated sonic booms. Public tolerance for sonic booms had been underestimated, and as countries started banning supersonic flights over their airspace, limited route options made Concorde less appealing to airlines. By the end of 1973, nearly every airline cancelled their options. All the while, Concorde’s development costs had ballooned to more than ten times original estimates.
British Airways and Air France were ultimately the only airlines to put Concordes into service, taking delivery of just a handful of aircraft each. The two airlines would eventually turn a profit by branding Concorde as an ultra-exclusive way to travel. Ticket prices were set as high as $12,000 for a London to New York round trip for the elite few who could afford the price of flying supersonic. While the prospect of mass supersonic travel never arrived, Concorde earned a legacy as an engineering marvel and symbol of pride for the British and French until it's retirement in 2003.
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  • Ted Phillips

    Ted Phillips

    Vor 2 Monate

    The noise issue of the Concorde was addressed by Pierre Cochereau (1924-1984), the late organist of Notre Dame Cathedral, as he barred American guest artists for years on the ground that up close, the organ was louder than the Concorde and thus too much for their sensitive ears !! It is said his op-ed to the New York Times espousing this had a role in permitting the Concorde to land in the US.

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    Vor 3 Monate

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  • StienoGamez


    Vor 3 Monate

    @Mustard what if I could afford it

  • Guru Kathir
    Guru KathirVor 17 Stunden

    why don't concord fly over the sea at supersonic and regular over the land, was this possible, say from Paris to NY ?

  • mr janaab
    mr janaabVor Tag

    How the idiots planners doesn't know that sonic boom will create huge problem... They were already having fighter jets...whose sound is unbearable in a city

  • Sour Lemon
    Sour LemonVor 2 Tage

    apooowlow -never heard it said like that...

  • Mr. HerobrineGaming
    Mr. HerobrineGamingVor 3 Tage

    If I couldn't, I would just could.

  • blake slabber
    blake slabberVor 3 Tage

    i mean pilot

  • blake slabber
    blake slabberVor 3 Tage

    i am a piloy what pilots didnt know was you dont have to put your throttle to 100 you could have put it to 80 because it was very fast and went 600ktw

  • The Unlucky One
    The Unlucky OneVor 3 Tage

    My worst nightmare: *people complain about loud noise*

    DIEGO ORTEGAVor 4 Tage

    If it is so expensive, how did Dr. Venture flew the X-1?

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    Random GachaPersonVor 5 Tage

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  • Sylver The Private Aviator
    Sylver The Private AviatorVor 5 Tage

    8:09 Yes, it did, it TOTALLY did damage the environment.

  • Pete's Organic Solutions
    Pete's Organic SolutionsVor 6 Tage

    the first aircraft to break the sound barrier was the ME 163 Comet..the first jet was the Me 262, both German, in fact the germans engine tech were ALL copied and used to create modern rockets..as was the nasa, completely created by german rocket tech, von braun was german and over 2000 german tech people were moved to the us, in 1946...to create the ''space program'' in operation Paper Clip, that the american public knew nothing about...possibly the most corrupt aspect of the second ''world war''..along with quite few others.. modern fighter aircraft were all based on german jet fighter prototypes..

  • Timtam sauce
    Timtam sauceVor 7 Tage

    hehe double power engines, bigger explosions.... so wait why am i thinking of this

  • Klaevin
    KlaevinVor 7 Tage

    "concorde could hurt the environment" biggest laugh ever... this sounds like a made up reason by the detractors... everything we do ruins the environment, so tell me how this thing in particular hurts more than another jet liner

  • Guy Croxford
    Guy CroxfordVor 7 Tage

    Karens protest over big boom plane

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    BelphyVor 7 Tage

    5:43 ahh yes. The Droop Snoot.

  • The Stammering Dunce
    The Stammering DunceVor 8 Tage

    Yes, Americans do have a negative reputation of looking down at other countries. But surely, in this case, their complain about the Concorde was not pride, wasn’t it? Some European countries also banned supersonic flights within their territories.

  • Pad Z
    Pad ZVor 9 Tage

    But why couldn’t I fly it? That’s not that high of a cost. My jet costs way more!

  • Kalashnikov 413

    Kalashnikov 413

    Vor 8 Tage

    Is this just an excuse to shown "your" jet?

  • JKStone234
    JKStone234Vor 11 Tage

    Poorly written video. A lot left out and understated

  • Edwin Huang
    Edwin HuangVor 11 Tage

    5:42 You mean droop snoot ?

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    porple guyVor 11 Tage

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    - LookyIsBuilder -Vor 11 Tage

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    Philip NeumannVor 12 Tage

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  • Aviation1
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    coolking coolkingVor 14 Tage

    Title: Why You Couldn’t Afford To Fly Concorde Elon Musk: Hold my drink

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    donnie tirrilVor 14 Tage

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    Flight Sim CentralVor 17 Tage

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    Flight Sim CentralVor 17 Tage

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    Flight Sim CentralVor 17 Tage

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  • Dave
    DaveVor 19 Tage

    There is a typo at 1:48. The year is listed as 1949, but it was 1959 that Mosolov flew the record.

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    MoogableVor 19 Tage

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  • Andreas Strauss
    Andreas StraussVor 19 Tage

    I never was in a concorde but had the luck to get in a TU 144 (not while it was flying of course more as a museum piece?

  • Kean Aguirre
    Kean AguirreVor 20 Tage


  • Nikita Zykov
    Nikita ZykovVor 20 Tage

    Soviet Concorde Tu-144 was much better than the crappy European concorde

  • Kalashnikov 413

    Kalashnikov 413

    Vor 8 Tage

    Nah, Tu-144 is worse Even it left service 8 month after the introduction

  • Hadi Dennaoui
    Hadi DennaouiVor 20 Tage

    Me: broke DElevel: recommends this to me DElevel basically just called me broke in aviation.

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  • Andy Reeby
    Andy ReebyVor 21 Tag

    Wrong! You info about this is stupid propaganda for the brainwashed Going supersonic - just like other tech developments - was not in the interest of the global financial elite who had already put an artificial lid on almost all the tech development in the late 60's. That's why there's no supersonic commercial flights, just like there's no technological advertisements all around us any more, (except for the spying on you phones) - the banksters don't want that

  • PS1
    PS1Vor 22 Tage

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  • C mc
    C mcVor 23 Tage

    Back in 1994 I transferred to the intelligence trade in the military, one conversation I sat through was watching an old int operator make what sounded like an outrageous idea he said “the Concorde is great until someone decides to hijack her” when I watched the twin tower strike it immediately made me reflect on his outrageous comment 7 years prior?....

  • 이주연
    이주연Vor 23 Tage

    Concorde fuel burn: ⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽

  • 이주연
    이주연Vor 23 Tage

    Concorde cruises without afterburneres.

  • The Dawsons Memes
    The Dawsons MemesVor 23 Tage

    i never got to fly concord because i wasn’t born yet

  • Meploof
    MeploofVor 24 Tage

    I actually went to see one of the retired Concorde, it was a very unique experience! It was so tall and it was very aerodynamic, (the one I saw was the union fleet air museum)

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    Alessio PistolesiVor 24 Tage

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    Not Bendy Snowball's Alt

    Vor 23 Tage

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    Alessio Pistolesi

    Vor 24 Tage

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  • Not Bendy Snowball's Alt

    Not Bendy Snowball's Alt

    Vor 24 Tage

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  • Alessio Pistolesi

    Alessio Pistolesi

    Vor 24 Tage

    @Not Bendy Snowball's Alt i don't see it written anywhere

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    Not Bendy Snowball's Alt

    Vor 24 Tage

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  • Justin Wold
    Justin WoldVor 24 Tage

    So noise and hippies is the reason we can't have fast efficient travel👌👌

  • a Girl on Rust
    a Girl on RustVor 27 Tage

    lol but its ok when military jets fly over my home regulalry in these days

    GK PRIVATEVor 27 Tage

    I was on a plane at Dulles airport in Virginia and saw two Concords just ahead of us out my window on the ground taxiing. That is the closest I got to being on a Concorde.

    GK PRIVATEVor 27 Tage

    by the time I had enough money to book a flight, they grounded the fleet. I really wanted to go supersonic. Just another lesson in don't wait too long for things before you go do them

  • Chesdanai Tantiputhinant
    Chesdanai TantiputhinantVor 28 Tage

    Where's the TU-144 concrode?

  • Enzo Luiz
    Enzo LuizVor 29 Tage

    i like the intro with the planes

  • coolstufftodo
    coolstufftodoVor 29 Tage

    I’d argue that the most ambitious air project of the century was actually the first air project ever

  • Sander Van der Kammen

    Sander Van der Kammen

    Vor 25 Tage

    *Zeppelin LZ-1*

  • luquitas_97
    luquitas_97Vor 29 Tage

    Please a video for Hawker Siddeley Trident and the VC-10!

  • Zenith Plays
    Zenith PlaysVor Monat

    Concorde might be a failure but I m proud of the creation of it

  • Timothy Seabrook
    Timothy SeabrookVor Monat

    don't be daft the 2707 would have melted long before it got to mach 3 boeing were pretty useless at high supersonic flight the US government should have got Lockheed with it's SR71 experience to build a supersonic Airliner perhsps not opting forvthe massivecweightbof a seing eing system may not funnily. enough there was only one deadly accident which grounded the concorde inlike the B737 which has consistently crashed into the ground after a bertical dive the Max 8 Angle ofcAttacknsrnsor defect is the latest in a long listvof reasonscwhy the boeing B737 should have been grounded in the 1960s

  • Sander Van der Kammen

    Sander Van der Kammen

    Vor 25 Tage

    The Boeing 737 series is the most successful jet airliner in history...

  • Sander Van der Kammen

    Sander Van der Kammen

    Vor 25 Tage

    WOW! Do live in a cave? Guess you never heard of the the X-15 or the Valkyrie??? The Valkyrie flew nearly 5 years before the Concorde and was 700mph faster!

  • Brely Re
    Brely ReVor Monat

    Those people pay 9,000 they never made it

  • rol1999
    rol1999Vor Monat

    The Concorde was profitable FROM DAY ONE as the airlines didn't have to pay for them. Or well they did but a single pound sterling for a single plane. ALSO Concorde was the best plane and it had definitely lived AND STILL LIVES Concorde manipulated air travel so much more than most the other planes combined. It is still the future and I don't mean the useless American models I mean THE Concorde and OUR Concorde.

  • rol1999


    Vor 21 Tag

    @Sander Van der Kammen you idiot

  • Sander Van der Kammen

    Sander Van der Kammen

    Vor 25 Tage

    Concorde was the biggest financial blunder until the Airbus A380...

  • Rayven's Trashcan
    Rayven's TrashcanVor Monat

    Britain and france competing for the technology victory or something

  • Neou Sokvaddhanac
    Neou SokvaddhanacVor Monat

    We should have use Concorde as supersonic ballistic missile carrier and ballistic missiles bomber like the b-52 stratofortess

  • Sander Van der Kammen

    Sander Van der Kammen

    Vor 25 Tage

    By the time the Concorde took to the air Mach 2+ military aircraft were rendered obsolete by missles.

  • Robert Spratlin

    Robert Spratlin

    Vor Monat

    Highly recommend you look into what killed the xb-70s original purpose

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  • Hugh Jass
    Hugh JassVor Monat

    Commercial air travel has basically stalled, the rapid progress we saw from the early to mid 20th century from the Wright Bros to the jet engine within 30 years was the golden age. 737 and 747's are relics from the 60's, there's been little to no innovation other than improving fuel economy. Same with airbus, which has equally shown little innovation and progress. Supersonic jet travel should be the norm now, but we seem to be stepping back in time.

  • Indrid Cold
    Indrid ColdVor Monat

    The Brits have the highest national currency on the planet out of all the major nations. All the other nations have inferior currency. If you were not using British Pounds, or Euros, your really could not fly the Concorde without a lot of currency.

  • Thurman [Main Lieutenant]
    Thurman [Main Lieutenant]Vor Monat


  • EG Schools
    EG SchoolsVor Monat

    Who says i couldnt afford it?

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  • TigerChamp 99
    TigerChamp 99Vor Monat

    Probably one of the greatest airplanes to ever exist.

    BTD DOGGOVor Monat

    laughs in robbing bill gates

  • The Love Bug
    The Love BugVor Monat

    Damn pussies complaining about sonic booms... Thank God they cannot ban thunders...

  • Shao Kahn
    Shao KahnVor Monat

    Why cant you afford to fly it? cuz its retired.... i wonder how much time you wasted making this useless video.

  • Cags Productions
    Cags ProductionsVor Monat

    Lol my parents flew on it when it was super popular and Michael Jackson was on it

  • Radu Mistret
    Radu MistretVor Monat

    And Americans couldnt build one so they banned it.

  • buster trash
    buster trashVor Monat

    So i cannot go into a conncorde because karens exist

  • Sam Richardson
    Sam RichardsonVor Monat

    Ozane Layer ... Seriously?? I am More Concerned about Birds Species getting Heart Attack...

  • Itsuki Mihara
    Itsuki MiharaVor Monat

    some russian airline: I wanna concorde but with some missiles and bombs in it

  • Thunderbolt 1000 Siren Productions
    Thunderbolt 1000 Siren ProductionsVor Monat

    Aviation took a big step backwards when commercial aviation went back to slower than the speed of sound.



  • 2B
    2BVor Monat

    they need to bring this back imo but we might need things to reduce the force it would put on passengers so until then i guess

  • Insert Name
    Insert NameVor Monat

    Emirates r bringing back concorde in 2023, even tho i really dont trust this technology... also just to let you guys know, concorde retired because airfrances concorde crashed minutes from takeoff.

  • Juno Kim
    Juno KimVor Monat

    Propliners be like: -|- Jetliners be like: Supersonic be like: /|\

  • Communism is Evil

    Communism is Evil

    Vor 7 Tage

    Transonic be like: Bruh. I dunno just look at the engine of a Convair 990

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    T.N.I Ball

    Vor 19 Tage

    Lmao tru

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    Canned Bread

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  • Legend Jackson
    Legend JacksonVor Monat

    Concorde go BOOM!

  • smartkiltedman
    smartkiltedmanVor Monat

    Looks like Sean Connery signed for GB on the left 3:50

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  • Skthmd Rmn
    Skthmd RmnVor Monat

    so they sacrificed fuel for flight hours? As if they had access to infinity fuel

  • DC Allan
    DC AllanVor Monat

    I used to love hearing Concord coming in to land, flying over Teddington set to land at Heathrow at 4pm

  • Alex Abadi
    Alex AbadiVor Monat

    Here we are, watching a fantastic & fascinating video about the Concorde when it is suddenly interrupted by annoying DElevel adds !!!! DElevel, NOBODY give a crap about your stupid commercials showing half nuked teenagers girls advertising cheap car insurances...

  • Kelly Lazell
    Kelly LazellVor Monat

    Why live near an airport if you going to whine like a bitch over the noise it's an airport it's going to be loud bloody morons

  • シnarwold
    シnarwoldVor Monat

    Why cant we just make it again now

  • Orbital Lizard Studios
    Orbital Lizard StudiosVor Monat

    because it rhymed.

    DIY MANVor Monat

    Typical US attitude Can't beat them trash their reputation. As they do to this day.

  • Dairy


    Vor Monat

    look, it's a crying european! point and laugh!

  • JR Lagasca
    JR LagascaVor Monat

    Make concords great again!

  • Noah Lazar
    Noah LazarVor Monat

    really fast boat: i can cross the atlantic in a speeding 2 and a half days concorde: hold my fuel

  • Fritz Bucher
    Fritz BucherVor Monat

    I can remember going to Dulles Airport and watching the Concord take off and land. I was always so facilitated by how the nose pivoted. Always wanted to fly on one as well just so I could say I’ve been supersonic lol. Such a cool plane.

  • Derek Williams
    Derek WilliamsVor Monat

    mustve been a cool experience to get to ride in one while they operated

  • Tate Eames
    Tate EamesVor Monat

    My grandparents used to take the Concorde every opportunity they got, i think they went to Europe via Concorde something like 30 times

  • Eva Max
    Eva MaxVor Monat

    TU 144?

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  • Martin The Panda
    Martin The PandaVor Monat

    They banned it because America was jealous.

  • bobo !
    bobo !Vor Monat

    we started at piston/propeler aircraft then we went on to jets, then we went on to supersinic, then we went back to jets. Does that mean were going back to piston engine powerd aircraft?