Concorde Airliner

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RR Olympus 593
4 x 38,050 lbs. ea.
202 ft. 4 in.
83 ft. 10 in.
173,500 lbs.
408,000 lbs.
29,500 lbs.
92 or 100
26,400 gals.
220 mph
185 mph
1,350 mph
5,000 fpm
60,000 feet
4,500 miles

Sixteen Concorde aircraft were built by Aerospatiale-BAC. They were the mainstay supersonic passenger transport from 1976 until 2003.

The first regularly scheduled commercial flight of the aircraft began on January 21, 1976 when Air France and British Airways began service. 

Air France flew the aircraft between Paris and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. British Airways flew it between London, England and the island of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf. On May 24, 1976, both airlines began Concorde service to Washington, D.C.

Pilots describe the Concorde as well built and strong. They appreciate the tremendous excess power produced by the four Rolls Royce Olympus engines.

Flying the Concorde was never dull due to the grace, beauty, and speed of the aircraft. However, Concorde flight characteristics for such a high flying, high speed aircraft were extremely predictable.

The take off of the aircraft was always made at full power. Its take off is unlike many departures of today's aircraft where power must be reduced due to noise restrictions. When the Concorde was less than fully loaded, the roll out and climb was especially powerful.

With a rotation speed of around 220 mph and climb out at 300 mph, the Concorde Airliner moved along quickly. Once over water, the afterburners of the Concorde were again engaged to achieve supersonic speeds.

The aircraft experienced a slight bump as it accelerated through Mach 1. If it were not for the air speed indicator, exceeding Mach 1 in the Concorde would not even be noticed.

The aircraft landed with an extremely nose high angle. The flight crew had to drop its articulated nose about 12 degrees so that the runway could be seen.

The angle of the aircraft during landings was so extreme that it was equipped with a wheel just under its tail to avoid ground strikes. However, the Concorde Airliner could use the same length runways as any jumbo jets.

Although the Concorde Airliner flew at supersonic speeds, it landed at about the same speeds and distances as other high performance jet aircraft.

A trial took place in France involving Continental Airlines, two of its employees, a French civil aviation official, and two Concorde officials regarding the 2000 airliner incident that resulted in the loss of an aircraft.

It was alleged that the French aviation official, as head of technical services, disregarded design issues. It was further alleged that two Concorde officials knew of its performance issues between 1979 and 2000, yet did nothing.

The trial ended in mid 2010. In December of the same year, the French court announced a verdict. The French court found that the U.S. Continental Airlines must pay Air France Euros 1.08 million.

Efforts are currently underway to restore a single Concorde Airliner. It is hoped that it will fly again, perhaps for charters and to perform at air shows.

Concorde Airliner

Concorde Airliner

We received the following email from Oscar Bertrand: "Great webpage! But you definitely forgot my own  Concorde Airliner made from Depron foam, with 31 in. wingspan and 75.5 in. length. Power is by EMax 2805 motors and weight is about 28 oz. It is from a few years ago. Here is the build log (in French): I would be happy to see it in your website. Best regards, Oscar, RC Concorde builder."

We appreciate your email, Oscar. Thank you. You can see Oscar's Concorde Airliner pictured immediately above.


Concorde Airliner

Concorde Airliner

Richard Moreau sent us the above picture of his Concorde Airliner and informed us that details can be found at the Team RC Concorde website. The Concorde is about 118 in. long with a 51 in. wingspan, and weighs around 11 lbs. It is powered by two Schubeler 90 mm EDF units. Thank you, Richard.