When was the Concorde first built?
January 21, 1976
What are the only two airlines that ever flew the Concorde?
Only 20 of the planes were ever built, and just 14 of them were production aircraft. The Concorde saw service with only two airlines — Air France and British Airways — on just two routes.
When did the Concorde make its first flight?
On October 1, 1969, Concorde made its first supersonic flight. The sleek supersonic jet captivated the public immediately. But the Concorde soon encountered opposition. One of the byproducts of supersonic flight is the sonic boom, which can be unpleasant or distressing to those on the ground.
Where was the Concorde supersonic jet engine made?
As part of the agreement, the Concorde was built in the UK and France. Here’s a Concorde under construction at BAC’s factory in Bristol, England. The engine selected to power the Concorde was the Olympus 593 turbojet, developed by Rolls-Royce/Bristol Siddeley and Snecma.
When did the Air France Concorde plane crash?
An Air France Concorde jet crashes upon takeoff in Paris on July 25, 2000, killing everyone onboard as well as four people on the ground. The Concorde, the world’s fastest commercial jet, had enjoyed an exemplary safety record up to that point, with no crashes in the plane’s 31-year history.
What kind of engine was used for the Concorde?
Here’s a Concorde under construction at BAC’s factory in Bristol, England. The engine selected to power the Concorde was the Olympus 593 turbojet, developed by Rolls-Royce/Bristol Siddeley and Snecma. The Olympus engine’s afterburners gave the Concorde its signature smoky takeoffs.
What ever happened to the Concorde jet?
When the Concorde jet ran over it, its tire was shredded and thrown into one of the engines and fuel tanks, causing a disabling fire. Concorde jets went back into service in November 2001, but a series of minor problems prompted both Air France and British Airways to end Concorde service permanently in October 2003.
What countries made the Concorde jet?
The Concorde was developed by the United Kingdom and France as part of the first major cooperative aircraft design venture between two European countries. In 1962 the U.K. and France signed a treaty to share costs and risks in the aircraft’s production.
Why was the Concorde stopped flying?
Of course, the crash didn’t help (Concorde flights were grounded for a year, pending modifications), but the main reason behind Concordes no longer taking flight is simple: a general downturn in the economic industry, especially following the September 11 terrorist attacks .
Does the Concorde still fly?
First flown in 1969, Concorde entered service in 1976 and continued flying for the next 27 years. It is one of only two supersonic transports to have been operated commercially; the other is the Soviet-built Tupolev Tu-144, which operated in the late 1970s.