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Speed

The Concorde cruises at Mach 2, or twice the speed of sound*. That means you can get to places in a Concorde faster than in a regular airplane. In fact, you can "arrive before you leave!" How? Well, it's a matter of timing. For example, if you flew from London to New York, it would take you 3.5 hours. You could leave London at 5 PM and arrive in New York at 3:30 PM—1.5 hours before time of take-off! Why? Because you crossed 5 time zones (setting the clock back 5 hours) in just 3.5 hours.

Concorde Speed Facts
  • Take-off: 402 kph (250 mph)
  • Cruising: 2,150 kph (1,336 mph/Mach 2) at 16,765 m (55,000 ft)
  • Landing: 300 kph (187 mph)

Map of time zones showing 'time loss' when traveling on the Concorde


* The generally accepted speed of sound in air is 344 m/sec (1,130 ft/sec or 758 mi/hr) at 20°C (68°F).

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