Aérospatiale/BAC Concorde

Footage shows crash of Russian Tupolev Tu-144 supersonic transport aircraft at 1973 Paris Air Show

Footage shows crash of Russian Tupolev Tu-144 supersonic transport aircraft at 1973 Paris Air Show

The crash delayed the Tu-144 development. The aircraft in fact was introduced into passenger service on Nov. 1, 1977, almost… Read More

1 week ago

Here’s why a photo of a Concorde flying at Mach 2 doesn’t exist

While operational, it was effectively impossible to intercept to all the jet fighters of its generation barring a stripped Electric… Read More

1 month ago

It’s not goodbye; it’s see you soon. New York’s Intrepid Concorde on the move for a three-month restoration.

The Concorde was craned out of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York for a three-month restoration… Read More

2 months ago

[Updated] ATC controller recalls when he asked for vertical separation to an SR-71 Blackbird crew in conflicting route with an Air France Concorde Supersonic Airliner

‘I was controlling a westbound Concorde just entering my airspace when I received details of an SR-71 coming eastbound on… Read More

2 months ago

Did you know Concorde used the afterburners only on take-off and for a short while between Mach 0.95 and 1.5?

Concorde had the throttles set to 100% dry power on take-off and left them there. Reheat (afterburner) was used for… Read More

5 months ago

The story of the four British Airways Concorde Supersonic Airliners that flew in formation on Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve 1985, a unique Concorde formation appeared in the sky. The Aérospatiale/BAC Concorde was a British-French supersonic passenger… Read More

9 months ago

Both B-36 and Concorde Flight Engineer stations had a lot of buttons, dials, and switches. But only that of the Peacemaker had levers. Here’s why.

In earlier days, most larger (both military and civil) aircraft were designed and built with a flight engineer's position. A… Read More

2 years ago

RAF Tornado F3 pilot tells the story of when he was near scrambled to intercept an Air France Concorde flying at Mach 1.6 over the Falklands

QRA launches were frequent to intercept Argentinian Boeing 707 or Lockheed Electra Elint aircraft, however, sometimes other aircraft blundered into… Read More

2 years ago

Braniff Airways was the only US airline to operate the Concorde supersonic airliner (but at subsonic speeds)

Due to the American noise regulations, Braniff Airways Concorde supersonic airliners were limited to Mach 0.95 yet they flew at… Read More

2 years ago

The forgotten story of when Pan Am evaluated the Concorde and its crews pushed it to Mach 2.6

“Ultimately, all of the U.S. airlines canceled their orders for the Concorde for economic as well as environmental reasons. John… Read More

2 years ago

Tu-144 Vs Concorde: the Concordski was bigger and faster than its Anglo-French counterpart, but its glory was quite short. Here’s why.

Bigger and more powerful than the Concorde, under the surface the Tu-144 lacked the advanced internals, engine and braking technology… Read More

2 years ago

How Singapore Airlines became the third airline in the world (after British Airways and Air France) to operate Concorde supersonic airliner

Concorde G-BOAD proudly displayed the Singapore Airlines livery, but only on the left side of the fuselage, as the right… Read More

2 years ago

Not a single photo of Concorde flying at Mach 2 exists. Here’s why.

Supercruising at Mach 2.0 for hours to traverse the Atlantic, Concorde could effectively outrun a nuclear blast and catch up… Read More

2 years ago

That time two Concorde supersonic airliners landed simultaneously at Orlando International Airport (and cooked the runway when they took off)

The British Airways and Air France Concorde supersonic airliners approached from the south and touched down next to each other… Read More

2 years ago

The Story of the Concorde Supersonic Airliner that Chased a Solar Eclipse and set a World Record

Concorde 001 was specially modified with rooftop portholes for the mission, and is currently on display with the Solar Eclipse mission livery… Read More

4 years ago

Here’s why Pepsi Blue Paint Limited Concorde to Mach 1.7

Air France received approval to paint the Concorde fuselage in blue, but were advised to keep the wings in white… Read More

4 years ago

Here’s the only picture of Concorde flying at supersonic speed

The Concorde had to slow down from Mach 2 to Mach 1.5-1.6 so that the Tornado crew could get the… Read More

5 years ago