This plane could cross the Atlantic in 3.5 hours. Why did it fail?

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, July 19, 2016
  • The Concorde gave us supersonic transport. But why did this supersonic plane fail? The answer is complicated. Follow Phil Edwards and Vox Almanac on Facebook for more: to our channel! is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.comCheck out our full video catalog: Vox on Twitter: on Facebook:


  • pufforange is orange
    pufforange is orange  4 months ago +1510

    dRoOP snOOT. ThE snOOt wOuLD dRoOp

  • Clueless Kanna
    Clueless Kanna  4 months ago +1296

    "it soared so high you could see the Earth's curve"
    petition to put a bunch of flat earthers on this flight then crash those who still remain flat earthers

  • Niall Dillon
    Niall Dillon  10 months ago +952

    Has it not taken the titanic 106 years and counting to cross the Atlantic? 🤔

  • Blackout
    Blackout  9 months ago +814

    American Airlines has left the chat

  • Elizabeth Keyser
    Elizabeth Keyser  7 months ago +338

    "Because of angled landing the Concord featured a droop snoot."
    "A droop snoot?"
    "Yeah, the snoot would droop."
    "The snoot drooped."
    You see, this is truly the real reason as to why this needs to be brought back.

  • Abir A
    Abir A  10 months ago +689

    Short Summary of the video:
    1. Cost of the plane
    2. Noise when the plane is flying at supersonic speed

  • Random YT
    Random YT  8 months ago +244

    “It flew so high you could see the earth’s curve” well no wander flat earthers exist! They took this plane away 😂

  • Omar Delawar
    Omar Delawar  4 months ago +121

    This is literally one of the best mini-documentaries, ever!

  • call me Rocky
    call me Rocky  4 months ago +150

    3:49 the guy said droop snoop but the other guy said snoop droop idk
    found it funnny lol

  • Nemosis
    Nemosis  9 months ago +150

    This beautiful creature which you could hear coming from miles away would fly over my house in London every day at the same time and every one around would stop and look up and watch her roar past, not only did you see her you also felt her and this always made me smile.

  • chicken stripper
    chicken stripper  1 months ago +54

    Concord was the first plane I flew on my parents were diplomats for the U.K. at the time so I was lucky enough to travel on one even though I don’t remember it

  • Ray Zaki V. Naringahon
    Ray Zaki V. Naringahon  5 months ago +48

    4:32 It Flied so high you could see the Earth's CURVE .Am looking at you Flat Earthers.

    2NDSIDE  3 years ago +2359

    I'd rather be uncomfortable for three and a half hours, than slightly less uncomfortable for seven hours...

  • Harrison Hart Hart
    Harrison Hart Hart  4 months ago +52

    1:12 that’s a toy Concorde I have it!😀👍

  • HuskyPup
    HuskyPup  4 months ago +70

    At 0:40,
    Vox: which one are you looking at?
    Me: I am looking at United Airlines and their failures and totally not Concorde buttering the bread on the landing

  • Dreadedstarz
    Dreadedstarz  yesterday +1

    I’ve seen the Concorde at the imperial war museum.

    FDGREBEL  9 months ago +221

    The Crash was not due to Concorde Tyres was it? Absolute tripe. If you're hurtling down the runway at 250mph and you run over a shard of metal 17 inches long off the intake of a Douglas DC-10 that took off a minute before your tyre is going to burst. There had been blowouts on Concorde before but more than any other aircraft at the time. Because the Concorde had a fast take-off speed a blowout was more likely to cause damage to the air frame. Air-France did not correctly Fuel the Aircraft. They over-filled the fuel tanks and exceeded the MTOW of the plane. As an aeronautical engineer I find this surprising because this is a number fundamental to the design and certification of any aircraft. So essentially Air France was responsible as well as the Operator of the DC-10. You could argue the DC-10 was a flawed design. It had many crashes where parts would fall off it. The Manufacturing Quality of the DC-10 was abysmal. The DC-10 was only 5 years older than Concorde. It has so far been in 55 Accidents, 32 of which were complete losses and has killed 1261 people. Thank god it is not in operational Service. They should have Grounded the DC-10 as well when Concorde crashed. Bits falling off it constantly.
    In Conclusion, Vox are terrible Journalists.

  • Pinder Productions
    Pinder Productions  2 years ago +3059

    I do wish someone would try this again.

  • Rich Marceau
    Rich Marceau  4 months ago +25

    You failed to note that the debris left on the runway by a Continental Airways DC-10 that had an inappropriate repair done was the immediate cause of the accident. It was not exclusively a tire design fault on the Concorde.
    I also doubt that the presence of a Flight Engineer was much of a factor in the retirement; given the fares charged their salary would be trivial.

  • Joel Robert Justiawan
    Joel Robert Justiawan  4 months ago +32

    Clearance sale!
    3:49 The Droop Snoot
    Price: 1 like
    buy before out!!