Concorde passenger flights have been suspended three years after the crash of French Airlines Flight 4590.
The supersonic Concorde, which can be used only by millionaires, which is the most important for high flight costs and high reliability, may have lost its popularity due to an accident.
This article gives you a brief overview on Concorde, the world’s first supersonic passenger aircraft.
Features of Concorde
Technically, the Concorde is a truly revolutionary aircraft.
The British-French joint venture was one of the most advanced aircraft of its time.
Yes. So far we do not have another supersonic passenger aircraft.
The aircraft is quite advanced as it has a computer-controlled engine air intake system.
It also features carbon fiber brakes and a computer-controlled fly-by-wire control system.
These technologies are not uncommon today, but Concorde used them a decade earlier than Airbus, which created the trend.
Long fuselage; The Concorde features a unique design that allows the pilots to have a good view during takeoff and landing.
It can halve the flight time of a regular aircraft and fly at twice the speed of sound (Mach number 2.04).
Some memorable historical facts
The history of the Concorde dates back to 1962, when the French company Geoffroy de Courcel and the British company Julian Amery agreed to build an Anglo-French supersonic aircraft.
Seven years later, test pilot Brian Trubshaw flew the first British-built prototype, and in 1969 the first Concorde supersonic flight was completed.
On January 21, 1976, Concorde made its first flight from London to Bahrain in the United Kingdom, and from Paris to Rio de Janeiro in France.
From 1976 to 2000, the Concorde was a popular aircraft for wealthy travelers and aircraft enthusiasts.
A Concorde plane crashed on Flight 4590 in France in 2000, killing all 113 people on board.
The Concorde was then suspended, and the aircraft was upgraded to သန်း 71 million in safety, and resumed operations in November 2001.
But two years after the resumption of flights, British and French airlines announced the retirement of Concorde, with its final flight scheduled for October 2003.
Concorde aircraft rested
The Concorde is a very expensive aircraft, no matter what state-of-the-art technology it uses.
In the 1970s, before the rise in oil prices, it was the essence of engineering technology that converted from fuel to speed, but when fuel prices soared, it became irrelevant.
The Concorde is intended to be used as a luxury aircraft instead of a cost-effective aircraft, as long as it has passengers.
From a modern economic point of view, they should have stopped since the 1980s.
The Concorde can carry up to 100 passengers and has the same fuel economy as the larger Boeing 747s.
The Boeing 747 can carry up to four times more passengers, fly twice as far, and is less noisy than the Concorde.
To make matters worse, in 2000 the number of passengers on the plane dropped, and the plane was eventually forced to retire.
Future supersonic passenger aircraft
NASA has recently succeeded in the process of reducing airborne noise from supersonic speeds.
The announcement was made by NASA’s Glenn Research Center, and the tests are being performed on supersonic passenger vehicles.
The X-59, developed by NASA, could be reached from London to New York in just three hours at 1.4 times the speed of sound, proving to be quiet enough.
Currently, the first flight is expected to be completed by 2022, once the tests are completed.
NASA and Lockheed Martin are not alone in trying to develop supersonic civilian passenger aircraft.
Boom Supersonic is also working on a supersonic passenger aircraft for United Airlines, which is expected to test flight at 1.7x supersonic by 2026.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) recently announced an agreement with industry groups to build passenger planes 1.6 times faster than sound.