New pages/sections, and updated pages added during February 2012
Concorde is controlled in pitch and roll by 6 elevons, and in yaw by 2 rudders. The pilots control column movements are the same for Concorde as in any other aircraft. Unlike other aircraft Concorde has no tail-plane and the elevons are placed along the trailing edge of the wing. The nose up and down movements, are controlled by these 6 elevons (mainly the inner pair). The middle and outer elevons pairs also act as ailerons. This section covers the construction and operation of Concorde’s rudders and elevons
The external windows of Concorde must withstand a temperature variation of from approximately -50 deg C to approximately 117 deg C at the aircraft supersonic cruising speed. They are manufactured from the toughened glass, they are double-glazed with the exception of the flight deck windshield and visor panels.
Concorde is sadly no longer flying, but it is still possible for us to visit some of the remaining eighteen airframes around. You can expect to visit every type of Concorde airframe, from Prototypes through to Production airliner Concordes
What is a Type Certificate, we hear so much about it these days, with regard to returning Concorde to the skies. The aircraft required one to operate as a passenger airliner. Concorde did and would be required to conform to this type Certificate (TC) again if it returned to our skies in a heritage role. I have decided to write this section to try and make the whole situation clearer.
Would the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) support a return to flight for Concorde in heritage flight role?
Engineers have been working on Concorde Sierra Delta since 2003, watch her come alive
Hydraulic power is used to operate those aircraft services requiring a power supply which is substantial and instantaneous, and at the same time meets adequate safety requirements with a minimum of weight. The safety considerations have led to the designers of Concorde to install two independent main systems, known as GREEN and BLUE, together with one more as a back-up system, known as YELLOW, this ensures operation of all vital services during all situations. The same considerations have also determined the number of pumps per system. This section deals with the GREEN system.