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Supersonic Dream


Supersonic Dream

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Item Number:
WG38379
Price:
$19.95
Format:
DVD
Length:
60 min.
Copyright:
2005
Closed Caption:
Yes
Producer:
WGBH Boston Video
Grade Level:
7 - 12
Summary:
Fasten Your Seatbelts for a Supersonic Ride on an Aviation Legend.

Between 1977 and 2000, the fastest and most elegant way to fly was aboard the Concorde. Popular with everyone from statesmen to movie stars and elite business executives, Concorde was easy to fall in love with. But harsh economic realities and finally, the tragic crash at Paris in 2003, put paid to the supersonic dream.

When the Concorde project began in 1959, conventional wisdom held that "speed sells seats" and that traveling over Mach 2 would be the next big thing in flight. But supersonic shock waves, high friction, and massive fuel consumption complicated the engineering challenge. The solution was for the British and French governments to unite and share the risk. After a hard-fought battle with protestors, politicians, and nervous accountants, the outcome was a plane featuring cutting-edge technology as well as a distinctive and elegant silhouette.

Come on board as NOVA takes a nostalgic look back at Concorde, exploring the history and the mystique of this unique aircraft.

Special DVD features include: materials and activities for educators; a link to the NOVA Web site; scene selections; closed captions; and described video for the visually impaired.




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