chapter  21
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Anti-Concorde

In 1967 a Cambridge friend (W. H. Thorpe FRS, professor of animal ethology) brought to my notice a leter in the Times announcing the existence of an 'anti-Concorde project', a group of some hundreds of people who wished to oppose the development of the supersonic aircraft Concorde. These people felt that it was an abuse of technology. The costs were escalating far above the original estimate; the machine would be extremely extravagant in fuel; and above all an aircraft flying above the speed of sound must necessarily inflict a sonic boom on the people over whom it flies.