In materials terms, this summer's Farnborough Air Show in the UK was dominated by two events. One was
the Airbus Industrie decision definitely to offer its A3XX to the airline industry - presaging a final 'green
light" soon. The other was the tragic and shocking Air France Concorde crash. The first depended, at least in part, on a business case built on the potential of innovative materials. The second could, it seems, be put down to a materials and design failure.

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DOI: 10.1016/S1369-7021(00)80034-6