Celebrating Concorde

Concorde taking off.

About Concorde

Concorde used the most powerful pure jet engines flying commercially. The Aircraft's four engines took advantage of what is known as ‘reheat’ technology, which added fuel to the final stage of the engine. This produced the extra power required for take-off and the transition to supersonic flight.

Concorde measures nearly 204ft in length and stretched between 6 and 10 inches in flight due to heating of the airframe. It was painted in a specially developed white paint to accommodate these changes and to dissipate the heat generated by supersonic flight.

In November 1986 a British Airways Concorde flew around the world, covering 28,238 miles in 29 hours, 59 minutes.

More than 2.5m passengers flew supersonically on British Airways Concorde flights.

Concorde was subjected to 5,000 hours of testing before it was first certified for passenger flight, making it the most tested aircraft ever.

Concorde’s fastest transatlantic crossing was on 7 February 1996 when it completed the New York to London flight in 2 hours 52 minutes and 59 seconds.

On 24 October 2003, British Airways withdrew Concorde, bringing to a close the world’s only supersonic passenger service. The final scheduled commercial flight was BA002 from JFK operated by G-BOAG. BA’s fleet of seven aircraft were subsequently dispersed for preservation at Barbados (AE), Edinburgh (AA), Filton (AF), Manchester (AC), New York (AD) and Seattle (AG) with one (AB) remaining at Heathrow.

Concorde facts
Capacity 100 passengers and 2.5 tonnes of cargo
Seating 100 seats, 40 in the front cabin and 60 in the rear cabin
Range 4,143 miles (6,667 kms)
Engines Four Rolls-Royce/SNECMA Olympus 593s, each producing 38,000lbs of thrust with reheat
Take-off speed 250mph (400kph)
Cruising speed 1,350mph (2,160kph/Mach Two) up to 60,000 ft
Landing speed 187mph (300kph)
Length 203ft 9ins (62.1m)
Wing span 83ft 8ins (25.5m)
Height 37ft 1in (11.3m)
Fuselage width 9ft 6ins (2.9m)
Fuel capacity 26,286 Imperial gallons (119,500 litres)
Fuel consumption 5,638 Imperial gallons (25,629 litres) per hour
Maximum take-off weight 408,000lbs (185 tonnes)
Landing gear Eight main wheels, two nose wheels
Flight crew Two pilots, one flight engineer
Cabin crew Six
First commercial flight London Heathrow to Bahrain, BA300 on 21 January 1976 (Captain Norman Todd)
Last commercial flight New York JFK to London Heathrow, BA2 on 24 October 2003 (Captain Mike Bannister)

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