The Concorde was the most successful supersonic passenger airliner ever built. The aircraft operated from 1976 until 2003 by British Airways and Air France.
The aircraft was jointly developed by sud Aviation (who later became Aerospatiale) and the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) who later became BAE Systems under an Anglo-French international treaty.
In all twenty aircraft were built these included six development aircraft and fourteen production aircraft.
The origins of the program can be traced to the early 1960s when the British Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) formed a committee under Morien Morgan, a Welsh aeronautical engineer to study the supersonic transport.
The studies found that drag at supersonic speed was strongly related to the span of the wing. This led to some very short span very thin trapezoidal wings, however these wings had very poor lift at low speed. This meant that the aircraft required enormous engine power and very large aircraft, so supersonic transports were put on the back burner. Shortly later Johanna Weber and Dietrich Kucheman at the RAE published a series of reports on a new wing platform called the “slender delta” concept in the UK. The concept showed that strong vortices’ could be developed at high angles of attack allowing lower approach speeds. The only downside being that the aircraft would have to take-off and land at very high angles of attack.
To prove the concept, the Handley Page HP.115 was built and this aircraft demonstrated a safe control speed less than half that of the F104 Starfighter.
In 1959 a study contract was awarded to Hawker Siddeley and Bristol to design concepts. Throughout this period the UK government was looking for partners.
At the same time sud Aviation was also looking into supersonic designs for the French government and had come to a very similar design as the UK Bristol development team.
The governments came together to develop the new aircraft, the Concorde, the meaning being agreement, harmony and union. The treaty was signed on 29th November 1962.
The French did not have an engine powerful enough for the design so the Bristol Siddeley Olympus (later Rolls Royce Olympus) designed for the TSR-2 was chosen for the joint project.
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