aak777
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Did The Concorde Have Any Speed Brakes?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 6:00 am

I think in modern airliners, speed brakes are important things.
Did the Concorde have them as well?
 
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RE: Did The Concorde Have Any Speed Brakes?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 6:05 am

No, but i understand that you could use the thrust reversers in flight, can somebody corroborate this?
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RE: Did The Concorde Have Any Speed Brakes?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 7:31 am

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

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RE: Did The Concorde Have Any Speed Brakes?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 8:21 am

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]
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RE: Did The Concorde Have Any Speed Brakes?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 11:47 pm

Aak777

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

No.

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.


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RE: Did The Concorde Have Any Speed Brakes?

Thu Aug 25, 2005 3:08 pm

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.
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RE: Did The Concorde Have Any Speed Brakes?

Fri Aug 26, 2005 3:59 am

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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