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Concorde / Landings / Noise Level / Mishap #488386

NBC Evening News for Monday, May 24, 1976
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(Studio) First commercial Concorde flights from France and England land in the US. Some environmentalists protest flights.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(London, England) Reporter travels by car for 45 minute to get to airport. Ticket costs $800 to Washington, DC one way. Planes cost $60 million each
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(Aboard plane) Plane's speed is twice speed of sound. Plane is all 1st class but there's less room. There aren't any in-flight movies. Food and wine served.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(Dules International Airport) Concorde left London at 1:01 p.m. and arrives at DC at 11:53 a.m. Trip took 3 hrs. 52 mins. Air France Concorde lands 2 minute later. It took reporter 45 minute to reach NHC's Washington, DC headquarters
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(Dulles International Airport) 1000's jam airport to see planes. Small environmental group protests. [CROWD - praises Concorde.] Federal Aviation Administration measures noise levels. Fairfax Cnty., Virginia, representatives also monitored noise. 110 decibels recorded for British SST; 105 for French. 120 decibels considered painful.
REPORTER: Carole Simpson

(Fairfax Cnty., Virginia) [WOMAN - says surprised that dishes weren't broken.] [MAN - says didn't hear it.] [2nd MAN - doesn't know if it'll be noisier when it takes off.] Virginia Cmty. will go to court to seek injunction against Concorde if noise ordinance violated.
REPORTER: Carole Simpson

(Studio) Small plane flew too close to British Concorde, but nothing happened.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Simpson, Carole;
Utley, Garrick

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