Re: Air France Concorde crashes after departing Paris CDG

Date:         16 May 2001 17:45:31 
From:         "David" <>
Organization: Agilent Laboratories, Palo Alto
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"Filip De Vos" <> wrote in message
> Indeed. And this causes drag, which which Concorde could not overcome. So
> I am asking whether it is possible for the pilots to use slightly less
> rudder than necessary to counter the assymetric thrust, and accepting a
> turn (in the direction of the dead engines), to experience less
> rudder-induced drag, and hopefully climb or accelerate.

I would doubt it.  The Concorde was severely on the backside of the power
curve.  AW&ST reported that its best L/D comes at about 400 kts CAS.  At 200
kts, the induced drag would be much worse than the rudder drag.

   David Smith