Concorde, one of the most popular, most remarkable aircraft in the history of Civil Aviation, takes its place among the aircraft that all aviation enthusiasts cannot get enough to look at.
In 1956 the idea of Concorde began to be implemented with the committee established in the UK under the name of the “sound-fast aircraft Committee”.
In France, they began work on a project in the same direction in 1962. As a result, the two countries agreed that the Concorde project would be carried out as a British-French co-production.
In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson’s announcement that he would “develop his own sound-fast passenger aircraft” made the project history with a decision he signed in 1971.
Concorde made its first flight attempt on 2 March 1969 in Toulouse, France. Concorde’s first commercial flight took place between London and Bahrain. The first flight of the French Concorde was also made between Paris and Dakar. Air France began carrying passengers between Paris and New York on sound – fast aircraft starting in 1977.
Concorde is the fastest passenger aircraft ever built. Able to reach a full speed of 2,179 km per hour, the Concorde was able to travel at more than twice the speed of sound.
Concorde had features capable of sustaining its flight at an altitude of 60,000 feet (18,300 meters).
Concorde traveled approximately 45,200 km on its flight in 1986, staying in the air for 29 hours and 59 minutes.
YOU NEED TO KNOW :
1-Concorde aircraft used a Rolls-Royce/SNECMA Olympus 593 MK 610 engine. These engines were so powerful that pilots could only use two engines of the aircraft during the taxi.
2-Concorde is the first passenger aircraft to be operated as a” fly-by-wire”.
3- The fuselage of the Concorde aircraft had to be painted very white in order to keep the temperature low.
4-Concorde had the problem of being able to touch the engines in contact with the runway due to the perpendicular stroke angle. Therefore, an additional tire is installed on the tail side of the aircraft.