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Aerospatiale proposes second generation Concorde.

Aerospatiale proposes second generation Concorde Aerospatiale and SNECMA, the French airframe and engine partners for the Anglo/French Concorde, are proposing a follow-on or advanced version of the supersonic transport for airline operations in the next century.

Aerospatiale officials report that their company has been studying a growth version of Concorde since 1974, even before the original entered service. Initial proposal was for a "Concorde B" which employed an improved version of the Rolls-Royce/SNECMA Olympus engine, full span leading edge flaps and a lightened structure, all of which would have increased Concorde's range 500 mi., reduced fuel consumption 10% and lowered noise levels. The project was abandoned in 1976 because of poor sales prospects.

Following this Aerospatiale engineers concentrated on more advanced versions for use in the next century, or maybe sooner. …

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