CONCORDE IN SERVICE

In the two and a half years that Concorde has been in service with British Airways and Air France, the nine aircraft in service have carried 250,000 passengers, travelled 16 million miles and accumulated 15,310 flying hours. These numbers, though still small by airliner standards, are sufficient for effective comparison of service experience with predictions made and objectives set during the design process. It is concluded that the aerodynamic performance of the aircraft is living up to expectations. Since the aircraft was designed for the North Atlantic to New York, on that route the performance is perfectly adequate. For other routes, to Washington for example, or routes in the Middle East, the performance of the aircraft is tight. However, improvements have already been incorporated in the aircraft and will continue to be incorporated and the performance should be acceptable for the routes envisaged. It can also be said that in an overall aerodynamic sense, i.e., flying qualities in addition to performance, the aircraft works particularly well. The engineering reliability of the aircraft is a more varied subject. Some systems work well, on the whole the structure has been satisfactory, but the overall reliability of the aircraft needs to improve. This will improve as the aircraft finally settles into service and the airlines become completely used to operating at high frequencies, but it will be necessary to introduce some modifications to make the aircraft more reliable in service. As for environmental impact, it is concluded that all the secondary environmental issues such as ozone depletion, atmospheric pollution, radiation hazard have been scientifically proven to be negligible, and that the only issues of importance are noise and sonic boom.

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    Royal Aeronautical Society

    4 Hamilton Place
    London S1V 0BQ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Strang, W J
    • McKinley, R M
  • Publication Date: 1979-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 39-52
  • Serial:
    • Aeronautical Journal
    • Volume: 83
    • Issue Number: 818
    • Publisher: Royal Aeronautical Society
    • ISSN: 0001-9240

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00197093
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 28 1979 12:00AM