The fastest passenger airliner of its time
The Concorde is a turbojet-powered supersonic passenger aircraft recognized as an Engineering marvel developed by Aérospatiale-BAC now part of Airbus Group. The maiden flight of the Concorde took place on the 2nd of May in 1969 and was introduced to the public on the 21st of January 1976. There were only 20 Concorde built between 1969 and 2003, achieving over 50,000 flights with more than 2.5 million passengers. Powered by four MK610 after burning turbojets and making use of the reheat technology to generate more thrust, the Concorde was able to reach its destination in half the time of all other commercial passenger airliners.
Twice the speed of sound
This Supersonic aircraft could take-off at 250 mph (400 Kph) and cruise at an average speed of more than twice the speed of sound 1350 Mph (2,180 Kph). In 1986, the Concorde broke the record for being the first commercial passenger aircraft to fly 28,238 miles (45,445 Kilometers) around the world in a time of 29 hours and 59 minutes. Regular flights from New York to London would normally take 8 hours to cover and on the 7th of February in 1996 the Concorde managed to complete a flight from London to New York in less than three and a half hours.
Interesting Facts About The Concorde
The Concorde was subjected to 5,000 hours of testing before being certified for commercial purposes. The heat generated by the four MK 610 after burning turbojets was so intense that it would stretch the Concorde by 6 to 10 inches due to the heat generated in the frame and a special paint had to be developed to dissipate the heat.
The Concorde was ahead of its time
The Concorde was chartered by many heads of state from France and England; Queen Mary II regularly used the Concorde for special events and foreign visits. Even Pope John Paul II, flew on the Concorde in May 1989. The Concorde was also exhibited at many air shows and expositions around the world, even taking part in parades, celebrations, promo advertising including trips for solar eclipse observations. “The Concorde was a class of its own and way ahead of its time”.