166 – Flying the Concorde

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Guest: John Hutchinson    Host: Markus Voelter    Shownoter: Tim Jurik

Here is another episode in our ongoing (and hopefully never ending :-)) series on flying iconic airplanes. This time we talk with former Concorde pilot John Hutchinson about flying this Mach 2 airliner. We discuss the cornerstones of the design and construction of the aircraft, its operation (mostly with British Airways), flying characteristics as well as the infamous accident in Paris in 2000 (on which John has some very specific opinions).

Concorde Overview and Design Characteristics

00:08:34

Wind tunnel | Engine Intake System | SR71 | Engine Unstart | Wing Design | Tilting Nose | Autoland | Whitcomb's Area Rule

Optimized for Supersonic Cruise Flight

Holding pattern

Operating Speeds

00:27:11

Mach Number | Shockwave Shape and Center of Lift | Cruise Altitude | BA Speedbird Callsign

Flight Control Computers

00:43:00

INS | DME | Autothrottle | Wind Shear | CAT 3

English/French Design Collaboration

00:48:20

Flying the Airplane, Roles, Tasks

00:52:57

Gander | Bangor, Maine | Elevon | Fly by Wire | Landing | Coffin Corner and High-Speed Buffet | Stall | Subsonic to Supersonic Transition | Flight Routes | Terminal Area operations and ATC | Windsor Locks

Typical Fight Profile

01:15:31

Emergency Procedures

01:21:15

Training, Trainers and Simulators

01:26:16

Concorde Simulator: 1:28:56

Passenger interaction and some well-known names

01:14:19

Discontinuation

01:33:25

Concorde Accident

01:38:32

Air France Flight 4590

Life after Concorde, Perspective, Closing Remarks

02:00:16

Markus Wrap-up, Thank you to contributors

02:03:30