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Questions about the legendary Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde.

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Why is it said that the Tupolev Tu-144 had superior aerodynamics to the Concorde?

A quote from this article: "The Concorde had better range, braking and engine control but the Tupolev had vastly superior aerodynamics." What is the basis, if any, for this statement on the ...
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Can a sonic boom produced at 60,000' be heard on the ground?

The Concorde normally cruised at an altitude of 55-60,000 feet, but wasn't allowed to fly over populated areas due to the noise it produces. Can the sonic boom of an aircraft at 60,000 feet be heard ...
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What impact did the Concorde have on business of other sub-sonic airliners?

The Concorde was anyways a technical marvel of its time, and a status symbol for society. Its fares were well above the rest, costing USD2999 + taxes for a JFK-LHR journey. But, at the same time there ...
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Why did the Concorde require a droop nose and how did it work?

As seen in the picture below, Concorde used to have a droop nose which would be deployed during takeoff/landing and would be retracted to the normal position while in cruise (do reduce drag). ...
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Why was Concorde's cockpit so complex?

Source Why was this cockpit much more complex than any other modern day aircraft or a fighter jet? It looks to have many more buttons and controls, and very small (interesting) screens. Also, its ...
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Did Concorde really fly above 55k feet as mentioned in this report?

Here is a report of the last journey of Concorde from JFK-LHR, which mentions "The highest altitude we reached was 58000 feet." Is this height aerodynamically feasible to reach?
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In what way are the Concorde's engines considered efficient?

The Concorde is powered by a bunch of Rolls-Royce/Snecma Olympus 593 turbojet engines. Much has been said about how efficient they are at speed, and the fact that they allow long-range cruise at Mach ...
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How big is the influence of color on the stability of the boundary layer?

I'm not sure if this is the best place, or physics.SE would a better place. I guess the aerospace engineers might be on both. In class we were talking about stability of the boundary layer, and the ...
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Why did Air France retire Concorde? [closed]

It was developed by British Airways and Air France in the 1970s as the first supersonic passenger/civilian airplane.
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What are the barriers to feasibility of stratospheric cruising for commercial air travel? (i.e. Concorde?)

In 2003, British Airways retired the Concorde for a few reasons. Rising maintenance costs Lack of demand due to safety concerns Further decrease in demand due to 9/11 attacks additionally, due to ...

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