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  • The whole project rivalled the scale of the American space programme (Costello and Hughes, 1976: 16)
  • Post war misconception that the range and capacity of aircraft would need to fit Imperial needs  no thought of transatlantic flight even from the AmericansFocus on short range  American dominance, esp. in long range  result of agreement made in 1943Possible for individual firms to conduct research + development at their own expense at a reasonable cost even with initial modest gov. supportRise of French rivalry with the CaravelleMuch experience – only matched by Americans (Knight, 1976: 8; Costello and Hughes, 1976: 19)“designers of genius” (Knight, 1976: 8)Experience of tested ss flightMost advanced jet engine in world - OlympusBreakthrough with the jet engine  first operational jet airliner = de Havilland Comet (1949)  “first step in the direction of Concorde” (Costello and Hughes, 1976: 19)Aircraft industry a huge part of the reconstruction programme (Costello and Hughes, 1976: 18)Farnborough dominated by concept of faster flight  from wartime aircraft devel.STAC  5th Nov 1956  Min of Aviation, Duncan Sandys: “If we are not in the supersonic aircraft business... Then its really only a matter of time before the whole British aircraft industry packs in... It may not pay, but we cannot afford to stay out.” (Costello and Hughes, 1976: 39)
  • Graph – from 22 resources  books and journal articlesSurge of resources after first flight, retired – aka major events
  • PrestigeNot only space race failuresDecolonisation  Suez crisisEconomicgenuinely thought it would be profitableExpensive to develop/produce hence collaborationPoliticalwanted to join the EECPotentially going to combine with US and/or Canadians‘Other’ purposefully vague depending on what surfaces in researchCould include a few ‘smaller’ influences
  • Concorde

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    2. 2. To what degree was the BritishSupersonic Transport (SST) ventureabout a need for prestige after thefailures of their Space Programme?
    3. 3.  Historical Context Historiography of SST Why this topic Resources: Primary and Secondary Current Research Provisional Structure Conclusion
    4. 4.  Post – WW2◦ Military focus◦ Misconceptions of civilaviation needs Cold War◦ Rivalry between West andEast◦ Space Race, ArmsRace, SST Race, etc... Britain’s WorldStanding andDecolonisation◦ Change in form ofprestige – scientific andtechnologicalTimeline 1956 The SupersonicTransport AircraftCommittee (STAC) 1962 Concorde Treaty 1968 Flight of‘Concordski’ 1969 First flight(prototype) 1976 Commercialintroduction 2003 Retired
    5. 5.  Much on technical aspects◦ Sonic boom, wing type, etc. Limited on political issues◦ Johnman, Lynch◦ American not British Lots on ‘The Concorde Story’◦ Orlebar, March, etc. Not much written on motivation for SST More recent work is commemorative
    6. 6.  Gaps in early historiography◦ Little research into the British socio-political context Competition in Cold War beyond US and USSR Help to explain why SST was only successfulin Britain (and France)◦ Less motivation abroad?
    7. 7. Primary Secondary Majority based onprimary research Archives◦ National◦ Farnborough? Articles◦ Newspapers◦ Flight Magazine Books◦ Costello, Hughes, Knight Articles◦ Johnman, Lynch Websites◦ BA, Heritage Concorde9%27%9%9%37%9%Spread of Current SecondaryPaper Resources over Decades1967-19691970-19791980-19891990-19992000-20092010-2012
    8. 8.  Contacting people and organisations◦ British Airways◦ Farnborough Archival research◦ National archives Treasury and Cabinet papers Ministry of Supply and Ministry of Aviation Secondary Resources◦ Searching for more◦ Focus on academic articles
    9. 9.  Proposed thematic approach◦ Introduction◦ Chapter 2: Prestige◦ Chapter 3: Economic◦ Chapter 4: Political◦ Chapter 5: Other◦ Conclusion
    10. 10.  To what degree was the British Supersonic Transport (SST)venture about a need for prestige after the failures of theirSpace Programme? Context of a SST race Gaps in historiography Focus on primary research Thematic structure