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Did The Concorde Have Any Speed Brakes?  
User currently offlineAak777 From Qatar, joined Apr 2001, 284 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5885 times:

I think in modern airliners, speed brakes are important things.
Did the Concorde have them as well?

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User currently offlineLuisca From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5872 times:

No, but i understand that you could use the thrust reversers in flight, can somebody corroborate this?

User currently offlineFrancoBlanco From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5775 times:

AFAIK you could engage the inboard (or outboard?) reversers in flight in order to loose speed/increase descent rate but only in idle.


User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 17264 posts, RR: 67
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5743 times:

I'm sure the Concorde experts will jump on soon. But IIRC the wings on Concorde were shaped so that simply lifting the nose was a pretty effective speedbrake.

[Edited 2005-08-24 01:21:43]

"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlineBellerophon From United Kingdom, joined May 2002, 585 posts, RR: 59
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5618 times:


...speed brakes are important...did the Concorde have them...


Concorde didn't have flaps, slats, speedbrakes or an APU.

She didn't have a "the" either! Big grin Big grin

Subject to various limitations, reverse idle thrust, on the inboard engines only, could be used whilst in subsonic flight.

Best regards


User currently offlineGmidy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 5496 times:

The only thing Concorde had in terms of flight surfaces, was the rudder and elevons which are a cross between aileron and the elevator, the ones on Concorde work in the same way as they do on Fighter jets. On landing Concorde opens the muskets over the engines providing reverse thrust but other than that Concorde had no other form of slowing down with exception to brakes.

User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13319 posts, RR: 77
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 5418 times:

Well we called them 'Buckets' not 'muskets', but yes, them and brakes (Concorde was the first airliner to have carbon brakes).

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