An Air France Concorde arrives in Shannon with nine pilots for a week's training. However, Concorde will not be flying at supersonic speeds while in Ireland.
Despite the novelty of having a supersonic jet airliner in Shannon, only a handful of onlookers turned up to see Concorde land and take-off.
Concorde is here solely to practice landing and take-off procedures.
The Air France training deal is worth about £200,000 to the Shannon region. If the trial training exercise proves successful, Concorde may become a more common sight in the region. Six foreign airlines are now training at Shannon Airport, among them the Swiss national airline Swissair. This training alone, is now worth £500,000 to Shannon every year.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 23 May 1977. The reporter is Mícheál Ó Briain