Re: Concorde's Engines

Date:         24 May 99 01:52:42 
From:         mmallory@netcom.com (Mark Mallory)
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Bill Herman (hermanwc@fuse.net) wrote:
: Do the Concorde's Olympus engines use some form of afterburner while flying
: supersonic?  A friend of mine doesn't think so, but I don't see how that
: plane can fly at Mach 2 without reheat.

Your friend is correct.  Concorde *is* equipped with Afterburners, but
they're used only for brief periods (takeoff and transonic acceleration).

The use of Afterburners roughly DOUBLES the specific fuel consumption.
Concorde wouldn't have the range to cross the Atlantic if their use were
required for cruise.