Sunday, May 02, 2004
Normandie was one of the great ocean liner of last century. It had its maiden voyage in 1935 and captured the Blue Riband from Queen Mary. The motive for the construction of this grand and beautiful ship was not for pure economic reasons, but it was seen as a token of French industrial strength. It was never profitable.
In the seventies every superpower just had to have one. The US, British, French and even the Soviet started to build supersonic airliners. Above are the Soveit TU-144 and the Concorde. National pride but not economic reasons was the motivation for these flying financial disasters.