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Specifications

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transport
three
RR Olympus 593
4 x 38,050 lbs. ea.
202 ft. 4 in.
83 ft. 10 in.
173,500 lbs.
408,000 lbs.
29,500 lbs.
92 or 100
26,400 gals.
220 mph
185 mph
1,350 mph
5,000 fpm
60,000 feet
4,500 miles
3/2/69
1976





RC Concorde
RC Concorde

We received the following email from Oscar Bertrand: "Great webpage! But you definitely forgot my own RC Concorde made from Depron foam, with 31 in. wingspan and 75.5 in. length. Power is by EMax 2805 motors and weight is about 28 oz. It is from a few years ago. Here is the build log (in French): http://rc.kaloula.com/php/docum.php?id_post=224 I would be happy to see it in your website. Best regards, Oscar, RC Concorde builder."
We appreciate your email, Oscar. Thank you. You can see Oscar's RC Concorde pictured immediately above.

Sixteen Concorde aircraft were built by Aerospatiale-BAC. They were the mainstay supersonic passenger transport from 1976 until 2003.

The first regularly scheduled commercial flight of the aircraft began on January 21, 1976 when Air France and British Airways began service.

RC Concorde
RC Concorde

Ali Machinchy's RC Concorde has a 150 inch wingspan and is from a Peter Michel kit.

Air France flew the aircraft between Paris and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. British Airways flew it between London, England and the island of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf. On May 24, 1976, both airlines began Concorde service to Washington, D.C.


RC Concorde by Richard Moreau
RC Concorde

Richard Moreau sent us the above picture of his rc Concorde and informed us that details can be found at the Team RC Concorde website. The RC Concorde is about 118 in. long with a 51 in. wingspan, and weighs around 11 lbs. It is powered by two Schubeler 90 mm EDF units. Thank you, Richard.

Pilots describe the Concorde as well built and strong. They appreciate the tremendous excess power produced by the four Concorde Rolls Royce Olympus engines.



RC Concorde
RC Concorde

Flying the Concorde was never dull due to the grace, beauty, and speed of the aircraft. However, Concorde flight characteristics for such a high flying, high speed aircraft were extremely predictable.


RC Concorde
RC Concorde making a low pass.

The take off of the aircraft was always made at full power. Its take off is unlike many departures of today's aircraft where power must be reduced due to noise restrictions. When the Concorde was less than fully loaded, the roll out and climb was especially powerful.


RC Concorde
Peter Michel and his RC Concorde.

With a rotation speed of around 220 mph and climb out at 300 mph, the Concorde SST moved along quickly. Once over water, the afterburners of the Concorde were again engaged to achieve supersonic speeds.


RC Concorde
RC Concorde

The RC Concorde built by J. Michael Downs wingspan is 47 in. and length is 72 in. Powering the RC Concorde are a pair of Mega motors driving electric ducted fans.

The aircraft felt a slight bump as the aircraft accelerated.

If it were not for the air speed indicator, exceeding Mach 1 in the Concorde would not even be noticed.

The aircraft landed with an extremely nose high angle. The flight crew had to drop its nose about 12 degrees so that the runway could be seen.

The angle of the aircraft was so extreme that it was equipped with a wheel just under its tail to avoid ground strikes. The Concorde SST could use the same length runways as any jumbo jets.


RC Concorde
RC Concorde

The RC Concorde from Robbe is powered by two Speed 400 type motors driving pusher props. Wingspan is 31.5 inches and all up weight is around 38 oz.

Although the Concorde flew at supersonic speeds, it landed at about the same speeds and distances as other high performance jet aircraft.


RC Concorde
RC Concorde

The RC Concorde by Michael Dines has a 150 in. wingspan and is powered by a pair of Simjet 1200SP turbine engines producing about 17 lbs. of thrust each.

A trial took place in France involving Continental Airlines, two of its employees, a French civil aviation official, and two Concorde SST officials regarding the 2000 airliner incident.

It was alleged that the French aviation official, as head of technical services, disregarded design issues. It was further alleged that two Concorde SST officials knew of its performance between 1979 and 2000, yet did nothing.

The trial ended in mid 2010. In December of the same year, the French court announced a verdict.

The court ignored the complicity of Concorde and French aviation officials.

The French court found that the U.S. Continental Airlines must pay Air France Euros 1.08 million.



RC Concorde
RC Concorde

The RC Concorde by Steven Wong and Dennis Payne from Parkjet plans has a wingspan of 24 in. and length of 49.5 in. It is powered with a pair of AXI 2208/26 brushless motors and 6 x 4 pusher props.


Efforts are currently underway to restore a single Concorde. It is hoped that it will fly again, perhaps to perform at air shows.

If the aircraft is successfully restored into flying condition, it will be the only civil aviation aircraft capable of flying passengers at supersonic speeds.


RC Concorde
RC Concorde

RC Groups Goodchild built the RC Concorde pictured above. It is 177 in. long, has a 79 in. wingspan and weighs about 31 lbs. Power comes from a pair of 12 1/2 lb. thrust turbine engines.


RC Concorde
RC Concorde

Ivan Chan's RC Concorde is 43 in. long, has a 18 in. wingspan and weighs about 22 oz.  Power comes from a 2800 kV motor turning a pusher prop.  Plans can be found at concorde rc. com.

There are free downloadable plans for a RC Concorde profile model at Mikey's RC. It is 72 in. long wih recommended power by a pair of 4400 kV motors turning 64 mm EDF units.


If you have a favorite RC Concorde, please tell us.