Aerospatiale/British Aircraft Corporation Concorde
Accelerating from standstill to over two hundred miles an hour, Concorde powers into the skies in less than half a minute. Cruising high above the ground at an altitude of eleven miles, the curvature of the Earth can be seen from within the aircraft cabin. Soaring aloft in the stratosphere, the sky outside appears dark indigo-blue as she flies at the edge of space.
Flying at twice the speed of sound, the kinetic heating caused by friction with the air forces the temperature of the aircraft skin to reach over a hundred degrees celsius, despite an air temperature of minus fifty degrees. The intense heat generated causes the airframe to expand in length by more than six inches.
Traveling faster than the Earth rotates, each of her four Rolls Royce Olympus engines generates an astounding 38,050lb of thrust as an explosive mix of air and fuel is ignited, and consumed at a rate of over five thousand gallons an hour. Concorde "chases the sun" to cross the North Atlantic to New York in three and-a-half hours; with the time difference Concorde lands before she took off.
Concorde represents the ultimate example of aviation design and manufacture, her unmistakable shape honed in the pursuit of the supersonic dream. She became an extraordinary reality, a legend in her own lifetime. Concorde is a beautiful aircraft, regarded with great warmth and affection the world over, an aircraft that is both remarkable and unique.