Date: 15 Nov 96 12:25:38 From: Andy Braithwaite <firstname.lastname@example.org> Organization: Ford Motor Company References: 1
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Rich Webb <email@example.com> wrote: >I have been reading this news group for some time now and I have decided >to ask my first question. > >What is the top speed of Concorde, AND more importantly, can it maintain >this speed (or any supersonic speed) without the aid of afterburners? I may be wrong, and will surely be corrected if I am, but I believe that Concorde's top speed is around Mach 2.2. It is actually limited by the temperature of the nose boom. Concorde needs full afterburner to transition into Supersonic flight but can maintian it without afterburners. If it needed afterburner to maintain Supersonic flight then it proabably couldn't carry sufficient fuel to get further than Scotland !! It does however need all four engines to maintain Supersonic speed, loss of an engine causes an immediate deceleration. If you want a good reference on Concorde then there is a book called 'Flying Concorde' by Brian Calvert. He was one of the initial service pilots who introduced Concorde to commercial operations following it's flight test program. Hope this helps. -- Andrew Braithwaite Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Work) Powertrain Control Systems Engineering email@example.com (Home) Ford Motor Company Tel: +44 (0)1268 404115 "The opinions expressed are mine and not necessarily those of my employer"