Anatomy of Concorde

  • By Susan K. Lewis
  • Posted 01.18.05
  • NOVA

Imagine taking off from London's Heathrow airport at 9 a.m. (British time) and after an immaculately smooth flight arriving in New York at 7:30 a.m. (New York time) that same morning. It was possible on Concorde. Capable of flying a mile in 2.7 seconds, Concorde was, above all, built for speed. On our cross section of the aircraft, explore key features engineered for high-altitude, supersonic flight.

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How did the Concorde fly faster than sound? Examine the key parts of the plane and their innovative engineering.

This feature originally appeared on the site for the NOVA program Supersonic Dream.



(Concorde diagram)
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