Concorde: ‘The Queen of the skies’

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Published 19th May 2014

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The Concorde is perhaps the most popular aircraft of all time and it continues to inspire people’s imaginations around the world. We took a quick look at some of the facts and figures behind “The Queen of the skies”. Enjoy!

Concorde, once flew lucky passengers at supersonic speeds (That means faster than the speed of sound!) and was commonly referred to as ‘the Queen of the Skies’.

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Now retired, she no longer graces our skies around Heathrow. Yet, her legend lives on…she’s still a household name and an all-time favourite among many aviation fans. Her record breaking feats and unique appearance have locked her in as an icon in aviation history. With your inspiration yourHeathrow went searching and found some interesting and unusual facts about this sleek, speedy aircraft:

Birth: Concorde was born out of separate British and French projects which joined forces in 1962

Primary users: British Airways, Air France

Number built: 20

Cruising Speed: 1,350mph (2,160kph/Mach Two) up to 60,000 ft.

Range: 4,143 miles (6,667 kms)

Passengers: 100

Length: 62.1m

Maximum take-off weight: 408,000lbs (185 tonnes)

First prototype: (001) was rolled out of its hangar at Toulouse, France in 1967

First flight: From Toulouse on March 2, 1969

First supersonic flight: Successfully completed on October 1, 1969

Testing: 5,000 hours – making it the most tested aircraft ever

First commercial flight from Heathrow: Heathrow to Bahrain, BA300 on January 21, 1976

Last commercial flight from Heathrow: New York JFK to Heathrow, BA2 on October 24, 2003

Around the World: A chartered Concorde circumnavigated the world in 32 hours on November 1, 1986

Fastest Transatlantic Crossing: February 7, 1996 from New York to London flight in 2 hours 52 minutes.

Frequent Traveller: Fred Finn holds the Guinness World Record for the most Concorde flights as a passenger. Between 1976 and 2003 he flew 718 times – all of them in the same seat, 9A.

Astronauts vs Pilots: There have been more US astronauts than BA Concorde pilots.

We love receiving photos and stories about Concorde. Check out some of the photos our followers have tweeted us below. Tweet us your photos or comments @yourHeathrow.References:

BBC News: Concorde Facts and Figures. 25 July, 2000. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hiworld/europe/851027.stm

British Airways: Celebrating Concorde. http://www.britishairways.com/travel/history-concorde/public/en_gb

Discovery UK: Concorde Facts. 15 November, 2012. http://www.discoveryuk.com/the-loop/friday-facts-29th-july/

Heathrow

By Heathrow

Published 19th May 2014