RE: "The concorde," or "Concorde"
Well, first, I assume you are referring to airliners.net??? If so, it doesn't suprise me....I like surfing airliners.net to look at the photos, but the forums are frequented by some of the most retarded, non-flying nerds I have ever come across. I swear airliners.net forums are where TV journalists hang out looking for 'expert witnesses' to quote whenever a plane goes down....but I digress.
Personally, I don't think the Concorde has any particular special status to warrant calling it 'concorde' vice 'the concorde'....I would have to side with you on the grammar issue. It sounds like they are trying to talk about the plane like it was a ship. Now, in the maritime world, grammar is often used contrary to what you might think. For example, if I went out on the aircraft carrier ENTERPRISE, I would say I shipped out on ENTERPRISE, not 'the Enterprise'...but we're just weird like that in the nautical world.
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