Aérospatiale/BAC Concorde


The Aérospatiale/BAC Concorde is a British-French supersonic passenger airliner for up to 128 passengers which first flew in 1969 and retired in 2003. With a cruise speed of twice the speed of sound (Mach 2.02) she could fly from New York to London in just 3.5 hours and flew as high as 60,000ft. The delta wing of the plane is easy to recognize and optimal for high speed but for takeoff and landing the angle of attack needed to be unusually high which is why the nose of the plane had to be lowered for better visibility. The Concorde was powered by four afterburning RR Olympus 593 turbojet engines which produced up to 169kN of thrust each. High ticket prices and noise concerns were the reason why only 20 aircraft were ever built.


Key Features

Physics Simulation

  • Full multibody aircraft that bends under load
  • Natural gear compression and damping
  • Center of gravity shift from gear retraction
  • Simulation of engine reheat (afterburner)
  • Adjustable engine intake ramps and nozzles
  • Reversers are available in the air for additional drag
  • Mach drag increase

Aerodynamics & Flight-Controls

  • Delta wing aerodynamics with non-linear lift increase
  • Center of lift and center of gravity movement (automatically handled by simulated flight-engineer)
  • Fly by wire with artificial feel and auto stabilization that can be switched off
  • High angle of attack feedback
  • Realistic elevon flight control mixers
  • Extended landing lights cause extra drag
  • Significant drag increase from extended gear

Aircraft Systems & Instrumentation

  • Visor and nose droop
  • Engine ratings with and without reheat
  • Realistic Mach, true airspeed (TAS) and IAS indicators
  • Probes affected by Mach shockwave during transition from sub to supersonic speeds
  • Moving angle of attack and load factor displays

Autopilot and INS

  • HSI with navigation source radio-navigation (RAD) or INS
  • Auto throttle with IAS/MACH hold and IAS ACQ modes
  • Autopilot and flight directors with authentic modes, including INS, MAX CIMB, IAS/MACH/ALT HOLD and many others
  • Autoland

3D Model, Animations & Sound

  • High quality mesh and textures
  • Dynamic lighting, realistic exterior lights
  • Nose visor and nose cone droop with increased flight deck noise level
  • Reheat (afterburner) glow and roaring sound
  • Wind sounds, ground roll, etc…


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