Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Recently I visited Manchester Airport with my family to see the Concorde on display there.  Had a great day out, with a tour filled with interesting facts about the aircraft from early development designs through to final demise.

Here are some of the pictures from the day

 The cockpit was amazing.  There wasn't a single inch of the walls or ceiling that didn't have some sort of switch, dial or control on it somewhere.

Apparently Concorde got so hot when it flew that it would expand about 20 inches in length.  Special "stretchy" paint had to be developed and there would be large gaps appearing between the banks of controls!

Fuel consumption wasn't bad at about 17mpg (although I think that was per passenger!)