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Concorde

Concorde - Supersonic Marvel

Born out of a team made up of French and British engineers, the Concorde was a 20th century supersonic marvel. Able to carry up to 128 passengers, the Concorde had a maximum speed of 1,354 mph, flying regular transatlantic flights from London’s Heathrow Airport and Paris’ Charles De Gaulle Airport to New York, Washington and Barbados in less than half of the time of other passenger airliners.

Designed in the late 1950’s – 1960’s and retired in 2003, the Concorde’s timeless design and innovative engineering remains at the forefront of supersonic travel to this day.

Its four engines utilised reheat technology, which produced the extra power and fuel needed for take-off and its transition to supersonic travel. The iconic white paint used on the Concorde reduced the heat generated whilst travelling at supersonic speeds, this heat would usually cause the 204ft Concorde to stretch between six to ten inches during flight.

Concorde’s ability to fly at an altitude of up to 60,000 ft. meant that passengers were able to see the curvature of the earth, as well as experience an almost turbulence free trip as the aircraft flew at a considerably higher altitude than any other passenger plane, cruising at level higher than the clouds.

Designed in the late 1950’s – 1960’s and retired in 2003, the Concorde’s timeless design and innovative engineering remains at the forefront of supersonic travel to this day.

Concorde

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