ENGINEERING

“The Concorde was special, the quality of the work, the minds, the skills, the talent, the commitment that went into it, that’s what really mattered”

Tony Benn former British MP

The MP who fought his own Labour government to prevent Concorde being cancelled

The Concorde Maintenance and Servicing Section of Heritage Concorde

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Concorde egineering, maintenance and servicing was a complicated procedure and when technical problems occurred, they also tended to affect the whole fleet at the same time, requiring particular attention and increased effort. The same engineers, therefore, looked after the aircraft from the moment it arrived on the ramp to its actual departure


Where Concorde was concerned, cost was always uppermost in the mind. Not only were its maintenance man-hour costs about four times that of a Boeing 747, each spare part had a similarly inflated price tag due to the fact that only a few aircraft were flying and purchase costs were artificially loaded by the governments to enable it to recover some of the large expenditure incurred in building the aircraft. Even so British Airways achieved the seemingly impossible, by managing and operating Concorde at a profit. Another significant aspect with regard to engineering was the complexities inherent in an aircraft which was in 2003 more than 27 years old. With all the superlatives heaped on Concorde, it seems rather strange to label it as old technology, but such it was in spite of all it’s state-of-the-art features which included fly-by-wire.

Maintenance was a complicated procedure and when technical problems a cured, they also tended to effect the whole fleet at the same time, requiring particular attention and increased effort. The same engineers, therefore, looked after the aircraft from the moment it arrived on the ramp to its actual departure, and thus this generated a tremendous relationship with the technical crews and other, non-engineering, staff.

Concorde engineers had been responsible for well over 300 modifications since the aircraft entered service. The great majority of these had been carried out to improve reliability – especially despatch reliability, which averaged with British Airways 95% – appearance and passenger amenities. The operational service of Concorde speaks volumes for the skill and dedication of the engineering team.


Concorde was the only aircraft for which the Maintenance Divisions carried out the full maintenance operations from minor servicing to major overhauls. As is the case for every aircraft, there is a maintenance schedule stipulating the frequency and content of each check. This schedule is defined by the manufacturer and the operator, and then submitted to the British and French Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA & DGAC) for approval.


Click on the links below for further Concorde servicing & maintenance info!

CONCORDE ENGINEERS – Engineering Heroes

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The hall of fame for the real heroes of Concorde’s 27 years of operations

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MAINTENANCE & SERVICING

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Description and background of the servicing and maintenance operations for Concorde

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CONCORDE GROUND SERVICING – SAFETY RECAUTIONS & REQUIREMENTS

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A basic outline of the requirements concerning the safety precautions which had to be observed during the ground servicing of Concorde, and illustrations of the servicing connection points on the aircraft

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CONCORDE ALPHA FOXTROT CHECK D

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Check ‘D’ or major overhaul carried out on Concorde G-BOAF between 1992 & 1993

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FLIGHT INCIDENT REPORTS

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REFUELLING OPERATIONS

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Safety & Cleanliness Precautions, Associated Operations during Refuelling, Water Check Operations, Magnetic Fuel Indicator Checks, Aircraft Attitude Indicator Checks, Fuel Loading Regulations and the FQI system

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CONCORDE VISOR REMOVAL & REPLACEMENT

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AIRCRAFT INSPECTION/CHECKS

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- Unscheduled Maintenance Checks

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CONCORDE TYPE CERTIFICATE/AIRWORTHINESS & THE CAA

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What is a Type Certificate, the aircraft required one to operate as a passenger airliner and Concorde would be required to conform to this type Certificate (TC) again if it returned to our skies in a heritage role. See copies of CAA documentation for Concorde.

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BA CONCORDE OPERATIONS – 15TH JULY 2000 - (COMING SOON)

A record of the operations and locations of the BA fleet of seven Concordes, on the very last day that BA operated with a fleet of seven back in 2000. Following the return to service in, BA operated with a fleet of just five Concordes.

Concorde Engineers being overlooked by six BA Concordes at Heathrow Technical Block B: Picture courtesy of BA Concorde Engineer John Dunlevy


More areas will be covered in this section over the next few months, including the full Concorde maintenance procedures for every part of Concorde!




Concordes G-BOAD & G-BOAE at BA Engineering Heathrow

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