Concorde is to begin slowing down on its descent to London 44 seconds earlier after a two-year campaign by a retire...
Concorde is to begin slowing down on its descent to London 44 seconds earlier after a two-year campaign by a retired aviator to silence the sonic boom, which affects thousands of people living in the south-west of England.
The Daily Telegraph (p6) reports that the boom at just before 10pm is almost a nightly occurrence for people in north Devon and Cornwall, particularly during the winter.
But when Harry Pusey retired to the area and heard the rumble he set out to prove that it could be stopped. He wrote to Lord Marshall, the chairman of British Airways, and recruited a team of monitors to record weather conditions and the frequency of the boom.
Now the Concorde team at British Airways have told Mr Pusey that from next winter the plane will slow down earlier as it approaches the south-west from New York, meaning that the boom will no longer reverberate around the houses.