FACTS you should know about CONCORDE! Episode 2 by CAPTAIN JOE


Dear Friends and Followers Welcome back to my channel for the follow-up video about my previous Concorde video here at the brooklands museum of British Motorsport and aviation history in today’s video We’ll be taking a closer look at the cockpit of this beautiful lady right here We’ll go over some mind-blowing facts What made concord so different from all other airlines and go through an entire flight profile on a typical Concorde trip from London Heathrow to New York’s John F Kennedy airport, so let’s get right to it So welcome to concorde’s cockpit this is in fact a flight simulator And I would like to start with a quote by Former British Airways captain John Hutchinson who we’ll talking to in the next episode The first thing I would like to say is this is a proper flight deck. None of this poncey glass cockpit rubbish. These are proper instruments needles and dials The man has a point. So the cockpit is laid out for the Captain and the left hand seat and the first officer in the right-hand seat and a flight Engineer seated here at the side of the front of this huge panel with all sorts of dolls and switches Primarily to monitor the four engines and their intakes such as the fuel and hydraulic system Concorde is one of the rare airliners who have never had an APU installed Meaning she was relying on the electrical ground power once it reaches parking position, plus She needed an air starter to get Bleed air for air conditioning and for engine start upon Startup the Pilots would start the inboard engines first and then perform a cross-bleed start to the outer Engines one and four and the engines Idle power was so high that the pilots had to apply brake pressure to stop her from rolling off which was one of the reasons why she had brake fans and used up to two tons of taxi fuel prior reaching the runway Now. Let’s imagine we’re sitting on a runway getting our takeoff clearance, the pilot monitoring reads back the clearance and the pilot flying Applies full Throttle on all four engines Okay, three two one NOW Primarily the counting was to get the attention of all three crew members the flight engineer turned towards the pilot Closely monitoring the engine instruments and starting a timer after the pilot calls out three two one now Because concorde had to follow very strict noise abatement procedures being one of the loudest airliners at a time then Then 152.000 thousand pounds of thrust Including the reheaters which automatically come on once the throttles are fully moved forward you get pushed back into your seat and the pilot monitoring calls out airspeed building to assure that the airspeed gauges are working properly followed by One hundred knots.
Power set Confirmation by the flight engineer “power set” V1 pilot flying puts the hands onto the yoke Rotate the pilot gently pulls onto the yoke as the nose wheel comes off the ground The Delta wings slowly creates lift as it is presented at a relatively high angle of attack the main Gear leaves the ground V2 Indicating the safety speed shortly followed by positive climb and gear up by the pilot flying So the typical flight path of concorde would look like this she takes off at heathrow with the reheaters on Until reaching the nose abatement altitude at about one and a half minutes cut the reheaters by announcing the flight engineer reaches into the thrust levers and reduces the thrust by 15% and shuts off the reheat and after reaching a safe altitude and speed The Pilots line would request nose and visor up to make Concord more Streamlined for high speed slides and at the same time reducing the noise level within the cockpit She would then be on away flying Westbound towards Reading where I used to see her as a little boy looking out of the window of my godfather’s house Excited to see and especially hear her heading Skywards then continuously climbing at subsonic speeds of mach point nine five to 28,000 feet In bath Bristol and cardiff and as soon as you reach the Bristol channel On the West coast of England then the pilots requested a so-called Transonic climb and acceleration Clearance to fifty Thousand feet But there was no stopping in between so the ATC controller Had to lay out a clear path for concorde so that she could climb Unrestricted without any traffic on her flight path to a pre assigned cruising level the issue was that below mach two She dealt with so much aerodynamic drag therefore. She didn’t fly very well at those speeds plus There was a time limit of fifteen minutes on the reheated So after receiving the clearance the pilot re-engaged full sauce and the flight engineer adds the reheat –is which you can see coming on right here the passengers again were pressed into the seats and a sudden roar as the Afterburners fire up and accelerate the plane she would then slide Effortlessly through the sound barrier at mach 1. No bumps no bangs and then accelerated and climbed with the reheaters until passing Mach 1.75 which was at about 43,000 feet then cut the reheaters And then gently accelerated and climbed to 50,000 see where she then reached mach 2 the whole Supersonic acceleration process would roughly take about 20 to 25 minutes And concordes normal cruising level was in between flight levels FL500 and FL590 (50.000 and 59.000 ft) once it passed flight level FL 500 it reached Mach 2 – but she never really stayed at one cruising level as the engines burn a lot of fuel during Climb the plane got lighter and lighter and for that matter she constantly climbed finding the level she felt comfortable with The pilots didn’t have to get any clearance to further climb cuz there was no traffic above flight level FL410 anyways So concorde performed a so-called Cruise climb meaning she never stayed at one level as she was constantly climbing until reaching the top of the scent point for approach a Positive side effect of the high cruising level she was always above anyway like thunderstorms jet streams turbulence areas and no traffic Besides other concordes on their way back to Europe but boy did she had to deal with some difficult issues at those speeds and altitudes Due to the air compressibility and friction the outer skin of the aircraft heated up to 120 degrees the limiting temperature of the structure was 127 degrees and if you were to be flying in warmer air The Normal the Clever autopilot system wouldn’t control the speed of the aircraft by the mach number It controlled the speed by the heat of the airplane skin and due to the warm skin temperature Concorde would Stretch up to 9 inches in length during cruising speed so to compensate the stretching Engineers had to install expansion joint throughout the aircraft for example the cabin floor was sitting on rollers So that the airframe around it could expand But wouldn’t affect the cabin floor as it wasn’t fixed to the airframe another big issue was as the plane Accelerated Towards Mac 2 due to the supersonic shockwaves the center of lift moves further back than usual But the center of gravity didn’t change at all meaning the airplane got a nose down attitude To compensate that problem the center of Gravity had to be moved to the rear now You can expect the high class passengers to walk to the rear of the airplane So instead the flight engineer pumped fuel from the forward fuel tank to the aft fuel tank and if I say aft I mean Way aft into tank 11 which was below the vertical stabilizer, but the fuel was then unusable during Supersonic cruise as it had to remain cane in the tank to keep the balance of the aircraft and Pilots nameless ballast fuel as you were flying it around with you But you couldn’t use it until slowing down to subsonic speeds and the center of lift moves forward again but how fast she really was tells the story by many Concorde pilots saying she was a Time-traveling machine as they pulled up their car at Heathrow airport for evening flights Speedbird, three departing learning at 7:00 p.m. to New York John F. Kennedy They saw the sunset and then took off in a pitch dark at about two-thirds into the flight that pilots and passengers were treated with a Spectacular view as the sun was rising in the West So they would then land in the late afternoon in New York and would see their second sunset on the same day So that proved that concord was faster than the Earth’s rotation so now let’s end our cruise flight and prepare for approach that the descent planning was crucial as concorde had a Requirement that she had to fly subsonic 50 nautical miles prior reaching the coastline and this video here shows Why? He can clearly hear the double bang created by the shockwave at Mach 2 now. You wouldn’t want that bang over Manhattan and by the way this was one of the reasons why Saudi Arabia didn’t want Concorde to fly across their country as the loud bang would disturb camel breeding I am not kidding that was their argument so it took her 110 to 120 nautical miles to decelerate from Supersonic speeds to ana cruising level to subsonic speeds and Flight level where other airliners would cruise and prepare for approach, but a pilot started their descent profile 160 170 miles prior the Coast line to match the speeds and slight levels to get in Secant with other slower flying airliners So that was it for today? Make sure to tune in for next week as I’ll be going through the approach and landing phase of Concorde and we’ll be talking about The exclusive passengers who enjoy the privilege to fly on this extraordinary plane? make sure to form a touch-And-go at my instagram account as I’ll be uploading many pictures of my Experiences with this beautiful plane and don’t forget to hit the subscribe button A notification bell. See you next week all the best your Captain Joe

100 thoughts on “FACTS you should know about CONCORDE! Episode 2 by CAPTAIN JOE

  1. Hola capitán Joe, la verdad es que me gustan mucho tus videos, son completamente muy explicados, yo le daría 9 de 10 puntos posible. Esto por que? Porque en muchos vídeos pongo los subtitulos en español y solo están un momento después ya no funcionan más y la verdad se algo de inglés pero no todo, por favor arregla estos problemas para no matarme la cabeza tratando de entender todo.
    Espero sepas algo de español y si no pues así me quede yo cuando no hubo subtitulos 😂😂. Del resto no me quejo gran contenido, un saludo desde Colombia…

  2. I really appreciate the good information you provided in the video , but i would recheck the reason of why Saudi Arabia banned Concorde from flying across the country if I were you.

  3. Watched Concorde take off whist I was installing windows on sandy point Long Island back in ‘98.. Concorde was awesome because you could get shitfaced drunk in Manhattan, get aboard the Concorde, and show up in London shitfaced. ‘Merica.

  4. i agree about the sound and the kid souvenir i had, but on the PARIS<>NYC when Concord flew above the city of LE HAVRE … 11:30 am every day, i looked in the sky and saw this amazing plane … great memory 🙂

  5. I recall visiting Legoland in England one morning and everyone looking up at an extremely loud aircraft climbing into the sky with a filthy black exhaust trail behind it. The PC/tree-hugging police wouldn't allow Concorde into the sky these days for that reason alone. I'm reliable informed that , if, she was still flying today the US would require and extremely advanced warning of cockpit hijack if they were to have any hope of sending up an interceptor to stop it.

  6. Was it going supersonic over southern Ireland then ? Also, if there was no noise abatement restriction , what in theory would be a fastest Heathrow /JFK time ?

  7. I love your videos, but it's "prior TO". You don't just say "prior take off" or "prior landing". It's "prior TO take off" or "prior TO landing">

  8. Also, it was great seeing the video of "The Pilots of YouTube" signing the poster at Oshkosh. Peace and safe flying to all…!

  9. Bet that old guy would have loved modern glass cockpits if they were around in his age. Fuck old people that think that just because it is original that makes it better.

  10. You are so good at explaining, your demeanor is so pleasant that I would watch any video you recorded. It helps that you are very good-looking. I am watching all your videos now and catching up because they are very interesting despite me never having been interested in airplanes. Thank you. I don't understand how or why anyone would give you a thumbs down.

  11. Thoroughly enjoyed this!
    Just amazing what flying that plane involved…and all those years ago.
    Brilliant engineering…. and a brilliant "concord" between Britain & France.
    Looking forward to more on the flights and other technical observations on Concorde. Thank you.

  12. Very funny, the captain of the most technological advanced plane bitching about modern technology "None of this poncy glass cockpit rubbish.."

  13. I am from Saudi arabia , and it is weird to know our camels were somehow more important than people 😂😂😂😂

  14. @4:40 Surely Concorde didn't go over the southern tip of Ireland at M1.7?? It must, surely, have gone further south than that. (edit: I get it, it's a 3D/perspective thing to show altitude).

  15. My Concorde encounter: I saw her come to the Oshkosh airshow five times in the ninties. Once we were standing in the parking lot at the university in town and she flew overhead about a hundred feet off the ground coming in for landing

  16. Just recently discovered your channel and I must say I love it. You’ve answered so many questions I’ve had when taking flights. 👍

  17. Just a quick comment on a fab video. You claim that they were flying faster than the earth's rotation. Well, that depends on where on earth you are, so I would say the earth's rotation should be determined by the speed at equator which is significantly higher than at northern latitudes.

    So, the concord may not be flying faster than the earth's rotation unless you prove this along the equator. Just for the thought-experiment, you can imagine you fly around the north pole with your 747 at 20 nm…. You would be able to cover that distance in less time than 24 hours, right?

    Which leads me to the conclusion… Everything can be faster than the rotation of the earth given it is far enough north (or south)

    Have a nice day! 😀

  18. We know why there was 2 bangs, but why were the bangs so far apart? The plane was only 200 feet long, and if the plane was doing over 700 miles per hour, surely there wouldn't be a gap tat long between where the front of the aircraft and the wing or tail fin did also?

  19. I just really wish an eccentric billionaire would buy a concorde, refurbish her, and fund a single flight. That would make my life complete.

  20. Einfach fantastisch erklärt und ebenso fantastisches Flugzeug!
    Simply fantastically explained and an equally fantastic aeroplane!

  21. It so sad that they can afford a supersonic airplane, complicate system but can't buy a camera that can film a HD video.

  22. Proper flight, Hutchinson……i think u can kill him….he is ready to die to defend Concorde he loves it he loves it to death. He is real a nationalist,,,,what a comment…

  23. What a small world it is. As a child, I used to live in the vicinity of JFK Airport. My grandmother was so excited when Concorde would fly over that as soon as we heard it on its morning flight to Heathrow, she’d always yell for me and we’d rush out to watch her fly over. Neither one of us ever got sick of hearing that rumble. Unfortunately, we were the minority and many neighbors were vocal about their displeasure for the noise she created. I never thought about where it was going or who might’ve been on the other side, so it’s interesting to be following a channel from a person who was seemingly around the same age at the time and just as excited to see the same aircraft. Cheers from NY!

  24. About 35 years ago i had the privilege of seeing this magnificent aircraft touch down on the runway of our little twin island republic of Trinidad & Tobago. Needless to say, as a teenager it was mind boggling. I still get goose bumps when i tell the story to my young son.

  25. That was a great set of facts. Here's one for you, Mike Patey YouTube channel. Mike modified a later production Wilga converting it to 680 hp turboprop, modified wing, tail & landing gear. This 3600 lb STOL aircraft could get airborne in less than 110 ft and land in 102 ft at 4400 ft elevation. Draco was crashed in a Reno cross wind take off. The 3 aboard walked away uninjured except for Mike's pride. Draco will rise again after Mike's Scrappy build. Second flight video shows Draco using reverse pitch and dash cam to back into hangar. Twin brothers Mark and Mike Patey own Best Tugs.

  26. Ah sonic booms. Nostalgic. I grew up in the 50s not far from Burbank AP and Lockheed Aircraft factory. Lots of military and experimental flights shaking the Windows. It was very cool. Contrails, all over the SoCal blue skies….Ah a wonderful time to be young, naive and dream !

  27. Wow Joe, I learned so much from this video! When the Concorde was flying I worked at a repair station just north of the approach to the north runway at PHX. We would track the flight so that we could get on the roof in time to watch it land. We couldn't believe how loud but how small it was especially in comparison to another plane that used the same runway-
    a Northwest 747! What an extreme difference.
    We were able to go to Sky Harbor to see it for a while before it went on to LA I think.
    Taking off was even louder but we were used to the sound level because of the KC135 aerial tankers & F16's taking off from the south runway. (in addition to O/H & testing APU's at our shop)
    On another note, the flight engineer's panel is huge, unbelievable but so is the plane. All the best Capt Joe!

  28. Development of the Concorde benefited from reverse-engineering the AVRO CF-105 Arrow, RL-206
    Upon cancellation of the Arrow program in Canada, Hawker Sidley flew RL-206 to Britain, where it was reverse engineered. Recently one of the Orenda Iroquois engines from RL-206 was found in Britain and returned to Canada.
    The Arrow cockpit displayed in the Ottawa museum was renumbered RL-206 to make it appear this aircraft had also been dismantled in Canada at the end of the Arrow program.
    Remember that the United States actively wanted to take the Avro Arrow program from Canada.

  29. In 1965 and 9yo I flew in a 707 from London to Zurich to Damascus to New Deli to Singapore to Darwin to Sydney. Then Vickers Viscount on a broken and unable to lean back from Sydney to Melbourne. My memory is vomiting a lot of the way with very little sleep.

  30. I can only imagine what a modern Concorde would be capable of doing. I think of something like 3 GE90-115B's making the aircraft capable of supercruise

  31. Airbus glass cockpit and spyware sometimes referred to as a laptop with wings, lol. Great video. Only saw and heard Concorde once, but never watched her land, which for me was the better looking experience. Great job on the video. Well done.

  32. Maybe if they existed at the time they could have installed shuttle heat tiles along the leading edges of the wings to keep the temperature down! Good video Joe, thanks.

  33. My heart sinks in nostalgia.. saw this bird flying over our house as a kid. What sight and sound. To sad to see its demise:(( one day it will be resurrected.. come on Elon I’m counting on you !!

  34. How incredible! Concorde has to cue up with conventional airliners? Why didn't they get an expedited approach? If they can close down airports for VIPs ( I have 2 on one trip; Pres. Reagan in Tokyo and Princess Di and Charles in Vancouver) why couldn't they give priority clearance for Concorde?

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