Although Concorde finished lifespan but it is known as the most impressively beautiful and graceful airliner ever to fly. AviationCV.com presents Top 10 facts about supersonic aircraft.
1. Concorde used to reach to 60,000 ft, a height of over 11 miles. So passengers were able to see curvature of the Earth. Due to the intense heat of the airframe, an aircraft used to stretch anywhere from 6 to 10 inches during flight. Every surface, even the windows, was warm to the touch by the end of the flight.
2. Concorde had a take-off speed of 220 knots (250 mph) and a cruising speed of 1350mph – more than twice the speed of sound. Its landing speed was 187 mph.
3. Two companies merged into one during the expansion (British Aircraft Corp and France‘s Aerospatiale) and started to work on planes. An aircraft was built by French and British engineers and the first successfully flight was occurred in October 1, 1969. In both French and English name „Concorde” means agreement.
4. Flights consisted of nine crew members: two pilots, one flight engineer and six flight attendants. Concorde used to fly 100 passengers (40 in the front of cabin and 60 in the rear cabin).
5. The last commercial Concorde‘s flight was from New York to Heathrow on October 24, 2003. By the time these flights finished, it was the last aircraft which had flight engineers as part of the crew.
6. An aircraft was pictured in a special white paint to adapt temperature changes and to dissipate the heat generated by supersonic flight.
7. Supersonic aircraft not only was carrying passengers – aircraft was used to transport diamonds and human organs as well.
8. During its lifespan, Concorde had over 50,000 flights. 2.5 million passengers flew supersonically with Concorde. It has to be mentioned that oldest Concorde's passenger was 105 years old Eva Woodman.
9. One of the most fascinating Concorde‘s flight was the first round the world flight by a BA Concorde on November 8, 1986. An airliner flew 28,234 miles in 29 hours 59 minutes.
10. The worst day in Concorde’s history was on July 25, 2000. A flight departing from Paris ran over a piece of titanium that had fallen from another aircraft. It burst the tire and resulted in the fuel tank igniting. The plane crashed killing all on board.