The Last Concorde Takes Flight (2003)
Due to the extreme heat produced by the powerful, super-fast Concorde, the airframe was known to stretch 10 inches during flight and every part of the plane warmed up, even the inside windows! This meant that the aircraft was painted in a special, bright white paint that adapted to extreme temperatures and helped dissipate heat energy. The Concorde was known to reach speeds of 1350 mph (more than twice the speed of sound) and reached landing speeds of 185 mph. The fastest transatlantic Concorde flight recorded completing the trip from New York to London in 2 hours 52 minutes and 59 seconds, had 100 passengers and carried 2.5 tonnes of cargo. In fact, it was such a speedy mode of transportation that there is only one picture of it whilst cruising at its highest speed (taken by a fighter jet pilot). Nearly 2.5 million passengers took flights on Concorde over 50,000 trips, with an average return ticket costing around £4000. The Concorde was capable of flying so high that it was known to interrupt US spy planes, particularly the USAF SR-71 Blackbird which flew at the same height. The plane was a joint effort between England and France and ran between 1976 and 2003. Flying at supersonic speeds actually caused a booming sound that could be heard from the ground below!
Learn more about this amazing feat of engineering with our interesting activities.
- Get together to make some paper aeroplanes with these fun templates – here
- Learn more about the history of planes with this podcast from our partners at History Hit – here
- Print out and enjoy our Oomph! Special Edition Digest all about aeroplanes – here
- Print out and enjoy our aeroplane-themed activity book – coming soon!