Concorde Development - Powerplant Installation and Associated Systems
Responsibilities for the various aspects of the design of Concorde were shared between Aerospatiale and British Aerospace. This paper covers some of the lessons learnt during the design, development and in-service phases of the last 30 years in the fields covered by BAe, namely the power plant installation and its services - fuel, fire precautions, engine-intake compatibility, control systems etc. Structural problems have been dealt with extensively elsewhere. The experience gained so far in 150,000 hours of operation of which 112,500 hours have been at supersonic speeds with approximately 100,000 hours at Mach 2.0 have provided a very sound basis for the development and operation of the next series of supersonic transports.