On Sept. 22, to prepare the news media for the decision on the Concord's future, the Edelman International Corporation distributed a public relations release listing "Spokesmen Available for Comment on Concorde Decision."
In addition to predictable Concorde backers like Sens. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) and J. Bennett known lights as Joanne Hebron of Hernodon and Cathy Rogers of Greenbriar - both identified as "residents of the Dulles area" to be surveyed to provide citizen reaction to the decision.
Edelman International is registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act as an agent of Aerospatiale, the French manufacturers of the supersonic transport.
Interviewed yesterday by telephone, Mrs. Hebron said she wasn't sure why she was on the list. "I can't say anything fly over my house. I never hear it," she said.
But she said her husband John, an employee of the Department of the Interior, is president of the Greater herndon Jaycees and several months ago had been given "a personal tour of the Concorde followed by a big luncheon" at Dulles Airport, all at the invitation of Edelman representative Patrick Pellerin.
"My husband is really the one you should talk to," she said. "He went to the luncheon."
Others on the list reflected similar ties with Edelman.
Cathy Rogers of Greenbriar said she was on the list because "my husband golfs with the guy who's the PR man for Concorde . . . I told him I don't see any reason not to let the plane land. It flies right over my house but you'd never know it. Unless you're outside."
Martin Hudock, manager of the Reston office of Panorama Real Estate, said he had been contacted by phone some time back "by an individual who asked if I had seen any adverse effect on sales" due to Concorde flights into Dulles.
Hudock said he had seen none, though he wasn't too sure just where the Concorde flew. "I've never noticed it myself," he said. "But Reston is very close to Dulles."
Georgia Conwell of Chantilly said she was on the list because "a gentleman called me awhile back and said he was with the Concorde and wanted to know what I thought about it.
"I told him the Concorde doesn't make anywhere near the noise that those 747s do. Those 747s sound like they're going to blow us right out of the ground sometimes."
Conwell said both the Concorde and the 747s at Dulles "fly right over my house . . . but there's only one Concorde. You don't notice that unless you're outside and look up and see it.
"But those 747s, now, they go on into the night . . . they light up my yard with their lights like it was daytime."
A 16-month monitoring of Concorde noise levels at Dulles showed that the Concorde is noisier on takeoff than other jets but generates about the same noise level or less when landing.
The major impact area in and around the Dulles flight path appears to be in Poolesville, Md., where citizens have been vocal and persistent in their complaints of noise from the plane.
"Do we hear it?" said Joan Strawson of the Darnestown who works in Poolesville during the day. "My God, I guess we do. When it comes over here you can't hear yourself think. You can't talk to people even shouting . . .
"You can see people ducking when they hear it thinking it's about to crash."
Strawson, who isn't on anybody's list but was contacted at random by The Washington Post, said "The Concorde is only a minor annoyance now because it's only once a day. But if it flew over like other planes it just wouldn't be livable."
Meanwhile, the reaction to the Concorde decision outside the landing path was somewhat more genteel. The French government held a victory party hailing the decision at Dominique's Restaurant. Champagne was served.