Concorde – the Sky has no Limits

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Concorde is widely regarded as one of the most iconic aircraft in the history of aviation, so we were honoured to be chosen as the hydraulics solutions partner to co-work with Heritage Concorde on this rather special British-French affair.

To date we have worked with Heritage Concorde to successfully complete the ‘droop nose’ projects on Concorde G-AXDN at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, Concorde G-BBDG at Brooklands Museum, Surrey and Concorde G-BOAC at the Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park – bringing life back to these magnificent aircraft for visitors to enjoy for generations to come.

Learn more about Concorde and each of our collaborative design projects here…

The Concorde Story

Truly one of the most iconic aircraft in the history of aviation, the world’s first supersonic airliner, Concorde entered service in 1976 and continued commercial operations for British Airways and Air France until 2003.

Concorde landed and took-off with a very high angle of attack. A fixed, streamlined nose, whilst necessary to achieve bullet-like supersonic speeds, would have completely obscured the pilot’s view of the runway to about 5 degrees on take-off and landing. And so her “droop nose” was invented…

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Concorde G-AXDN

Duxford Aviation Society, owners of the British Airliner Collection, were keen to improve their display of Concorde 101 G-AXDN at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford.

In response, Heritage Concorde proposed making her the first UK Concorde since 2003 to be able to “droop” her nose. The hydraulic systems on Concorde 101 G-AXDN had not been used since she was retired in 1977 and so the team approached Hydraulics Online asking if we could help on “Project Salute”.

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Concorde G-BBDG

G-BBDG (known as Delta Golf, pictured) was the British pre-production Concorde built to finalise the design and to allow the Concorde fleet to receive certification before the other aircraft entered passenger service.

Now residing at the Brooklands Museum this important piece of aviation history has a fully functioning droop-nose and visor – the second Concorde to receive a  custom-made power pack from Hydraulics Online!

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Concorde G-BOAC

Concorde G-BOAC, aka “Alpha Charlie”, located at the Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park, is the third Concorde in the country with a restored moving nose and visor, expertly engineered by our Cheshire-based engineers and the Heritage Concorde team.

The restoration coincided with the celebrations for Concorde’s golden jubilee on 2nd March 2019 – marking 50 years, to the minute, since the first Concorde flight which took off from Toulouse at 13:30 GMT on 2nd March 1969.

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Under the Wings of Concorde G-BOAC

March 2nd, 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the first Concorde flight taking off from Toulouse in France in 1969. It was a day that thousands of Concorde enthusiasts had eagerly awaited, and some of our team were lucky enough to attend.

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Concorde Video Collection

Our work with the Heritage Concorde team has allowed us to build a collection of videos and photographs documenting these iconic aircraft; from the restoration process to cockpit views of the droop-noses in action!


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