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Christmas Event - 07th December - Marco Polo Cruise Ship

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by Oxymoron » Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:53 pm

Thanks to Clive for organising such an unusual venue for a Christmas meal!

It was most enjoyable, even the cheesy entertainment, with a far Eastern Elvis and inflatable Santa! :lol:

It was great to meet some other Jensen enthusiasts and put faces to names too.

The ship has an interesting history as a Soviet era transatlantic liner, with a reinforced hull for breaking ice in colder waters on the Leningrad to Montreal route!

It reminded me of travelling on the SS Uganda back in the 1970s on an educational cruise!

The only slight downside was having to vacate our cabin by 7.30am; we had eaten breakfast and were back in Warwickshire by 9.15am! :)

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by Clive Bishop » Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:02 pm

Ah well breakfast at 7:39 til 8:30 and a leisurely stroll off the ship to be then blown to the car!
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by Chris_R » Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:21 pm

A little Concorde anecdote for those who visited it.
In the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust museum is a broken section of a rudder from Concorde. The rest of it is somewhere at the bottom of the Atlantic. On arrival at JFK on one occasion air traffic control informed the Concorde Captain that half of his rudder was missing.
"Oh, is that what that bang was. We did wonder." came the calm reply.
Apparently Concorde supersonic flight and landing was unaffected by half the rudder missing!

Another little Concorde fact: the limiting factor on Concorde speed was not the shape of aircraft, nor was it the power of the engines. The limiting factor was the friction going through the air causing heat on the structure. Despite the outside air temperature at -60C, skin temperatures at Mach 2.2 could exceed 150C at the nose and on the leading edge of the wings and the aluminium alloy structural integrity would be compromised if allowed to get too hot. It had a temperature sensor in the nose and if it got too hot it would automatically raise the nose slightly presenting the underside of the aircraft as a kind of air brake to slow the speed slightly and allow it to cool.

And another Concorde fact: supersonic air hitting the turbine blades at the front of the engines would destroy them so when travelling at 1,350mph the air going into the engines had to be slowed to about 660mph in the space of about 6 feet.
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by Clive Bishop » Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:38 pm

Chris_R wrote: And another Concorde fact: supersonic air hitting the turbine blades at the front of the engines would destroy them so when travelling at 1,350mph the air going into the engines had to be slowed to about 660mph in the space of about 6 feet.


Yep we saw the mechanism that was on the aircraft and the demonstration of why and how it worked
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by VFK44 » Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:46 pm

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...reminds me of an apocryphal story that the designers of the Intercity 125 thought they had better make sure their train windscreen was bird-strike proof. They spoke to the Concorde designers who advised them to get a few chickens from the supermarket and fire them at the window at 125mph.
Alarmingly, the chickens smashed straight through the screen and the train driver's seat and left a big dent on the cabin bulkhead. They phoned up the Concorde designers, who said they had never encountered such a problem. After a pause, they added, "Should we have defrosted them first...?".
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