Friday, August 21, 2009

Hurled Through Time and Space: Concorde Episode 4: The "Being Hurled" Part

Digital readout at Mach 2:00-twice the speed of sound

There is a large digital display on the bulkhead facing the cabin giving us readouts of Mach, altitude and outside temperature. We are presently at .96 Mach, 28,000 ft. and outside temperature of minus 39 degrees celsius, as we are being served champagne and hors d'oeuvres.

Mach 1 at 29,000 ft.

My champagne glass hasn't even moved. My champagne glass filled with Mumm's, that is. I gave Diane my Beluga caviar.

Mach 1.85 at 46,000 ft.

Diane is in the rest room. Upon returning to her seat, she exclaimed about the fancy linen towel she used. One hour into our flight with 3130 miles to go.

Now linen cloths are being laid on our trays, followed by more champagne and lobster hors d'oeuvres.

Mach 2:00 (1340 mph) at 49,000 ft.

Diane put her hand on the window and it is very warm, although the outside temperature now is -58 degrees celsius.

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