Espion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1667 times:
I was recently at the le bourget air and space museum (PS i recommend lunch at one of those 3 cafes right next to the crosswalk for the museum ) and I went to the concorde hall. anyway to get into the 2 concordes in there,you took a stairway in the back of the prototype concorde,something like the rear stairs on 727s. Was this feature put on all production concordes or just the french prototype?
VC10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1421 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1611 times:
On all production Concordes at the rear of the cabin was the rear galley with it's two galley doors , which were designed by the French and quite different to the aircrafts 4 other entrance doors which were designed by the British.
Now behind the galley was the rear baggage hold which was the largest baggage hold on the aircraft and behind that was the rear [No 11] fuel tank.
So no airstairs at the rear of production Concordes. In use the only practical passenger door was the forward door on the port side , although the mid port door was also meant for passenger loading , but was not used in case airstairs /finger damaged the wing
Those stairs were actually installed on the prototype 001 you saw at LBG when this a/c was retired and showed to the public at the museum.
It was made to make the visit easier, people going in through the main entrance and going out through the rear.
On all the other Concorde, there was a galley at the rear, between Doors 3 and behind the galley was the bagagges hold.
Baggages were loaded by a 4th door, only visible on the right side.
Enlarge the following pic. you'll see it clearly, next to the registration :