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... in the late 60's and early 70's, the race was on between rivals Boeing and Airbus, the world's two largest aerospace manufacturers, to build the first ever supersonic passenger transport jet. Despite the fact that Boeing was getting government funds for their version of SST, Airbus finished the Concorde first. By 1971, US funding stopped, Boeing was forced to scrap the project and local economy took a massive downturn with tens of thousands of layoffs, prompting billboard ads to pop up around town, "Will the last person leaving Seattle please turn out the lights?" Boeing was to later focus on more lucrative projects such as the NASA lunar rover and the 747, but the momentum was to never be the same for the aircraft giant...

... over a quarter-century later, British Airways has donated one of its recently retired Concorde supersonic airliners to stay as a permanent fixture at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. The jet, one of only twenty Concordes ever built, is the only one on display on the West Coast and one of only four outside Europe. Construction crews are hard at work expanding the Museum to accommodate its latest showpiece. Ironically, the airliner now sits just a few city blocks from the same plant that once housed the SST prototype promising to "usher in a new century of world travel... "

... talk about a slap in the face...
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IIIustrathor Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Thx a lot for sharing!
Used your stock for a Photo Manipulation [link]
Rushy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2006
It's lovely inside too :D
byzy Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005
AeroZpideR Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2004
stock eh, imma play with it if you don't mind...
rapidograph Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2004  Professional Filmographer
... run with it... just note me with the results if you make something cool...

tea Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes great shot ... Did those things ever get out of the RED ... Very sleek, very fast, very cramped, and very expensive ... Some say the end of commuter super sonic with the retirement of these ... Will see with the big boys trying to find a viable commercial successful way to cut the travel time to the Asian trade routs.
onestar Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2004
I understand what you mean about the "slap in the face", but it is nice that they're going to preserve the history of the plane, and that one (even though it did hurt the local economy) will be on display and preserved for history's sake.

And it is a good picture, too.
freezejeans Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2004
Awesome shot, you're so lucky...and thanks for the historical info as well, especially for a geek like myself :D

I'm planning a trip up there to see my brother soon, so we'll have to meet up and go see that!
thewill Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2004  Student
interesting.... thanks for the bg information
g0ldenapple Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2004
its amazing if u think about it. the world is not yet ready for super sonic travel. seems like we take a few steps back. maybe one day that type of plain will fly again. who knows!

anyways excellent story. i wish i could find a picture onmline of one of those buildboards!!
rapidograph Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2004  Professional Filmographer
... heheh, guess what I found!

g0ldenapple Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2004
thats justwerid! i didnt know any of that happened in seattle. im origionally from harrisburg PA so anything that happens on the west coast is news to me!)
extrem Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
It's a pitty that it will never take off again :tears: it's the most beautiful plane.
dalem-fineart Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2004
isn't that just classic...

growing up, my family ended up moving from seattle when my dad got laid off from boeing and the SST project...

snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
I wonna be on one, so I can fly superfast to LA.

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Apr 3, 2004, 11:31:40 PM