NASA wants to build the next Concorde, bringing in a new age of supersonic jets that hopefully won’t rupture your eardrum. But in order to do that safely, there needs to be research and lots of it.
NASA’s new series of bullet-shaped “X-planes” are the first step towards trying to resurrect the dream of supersonic air travel.
Club Concorde, a group of ex-pilots, maintainers, engineers, airline execs and Concorde enthusiasts has unveiled a plan that aims to put a Concorde back in the air by 2019, and supposedly they have a pile of cash to see their plans through to fruition.
El último vuelo del Concorde tuvo lugar el 26 de noviembre de 2003. Las razones para retirarlo fueron los altos costes de mantenimiento y la baja demanda tras el accidente de Air France en el 2000 (el único accidente en 34 años de servicio). Según apunta The Telegraph, ex pilotos y fans del avión supersónico podrían…
Radio-controlled aircraft come in many shapes and sizes, but the ones we’re showing today are all very ambitious in scale. And by “ambitious,” we mean “ginormous.”
Brands often commission special vehicles to promote a new product or make a quality impression with a particular demographic. In conjunction with a major rebranding in 1996, Pepsi struck a deal with Air France to create a truly unique and inspiring marketing tool using one of the 20 Concorde aircraft in existence at…
We were promised supersonic flights. Today, we stay well below the speed of sound. We were promised transatlantic flights from New York to London in 3 and a half hours. Today, that flight takes us 7 hours. We were promised the future of flying. That future hasn't existed for 10 years. The last flight of the Concorde …
La Agencia de Exploración Aerospacial Japonesa se prepara para una nueva prueba de su avión supersónico. El proyecto alcanzará un nuevo hito con el vuelo de una versión de prueba más pequeña que tendrá lugar sobre Suecia el próximo mes de agosto.
Lunch break? Like planes? Watch this old documentary on the story of the Concorde, the first and only turbojet-powered supersonic passenger airliner in history. It was created by the French and the British. The 20 planes flew for 27 years, mainly between London Heathrow and Paris-Charles de Gaulle to New York JFK.
When you think of super sonic flight, you probably first think of the Concorde. But that wasn't the first super sonic transporter and it certainly wasn't the first commercial plane break the sound barrier. Those honors belong to the Tupolev TU-144, the USSR's only super sonic transport.
There's a reason why the Concorde only few over the Atlantic Ocean: Sonic booms. If every airplane were supersonic, it'd be extremely noisy and annoying. Fortunately, NASA is working in a solution.
The Concorde was birthed as a symbol. It was a symbol of diplomacy (the result of a treaty between France and England) and a symbol of progress (the first commercial supersonic airliner). But it died a symbol of failure.
While it was an abject financial, engineering, and public relations nightmare, the Concorde was certainly a beautiful, beautiful machine. And up until the 1988 gathering at Heathrow Airport, pictured here, they had never been photographed together in such great numbers.
He says he's not obsessive—we'll leave that for you to decide. But Nathan Shedroff certainly has an obsessive eye for good design, prompting him to amass an multi-year collection of stuff you would have found aboard the jet.
Ever wondered what it was like to fly in a Concorde? Ever wondered what it was like to fly a Concorde? Then dive into these pannable, zoomable panoramas of the aircraft (as well as some less peaceful supersonic birds).
Thanks to Scotland's Museum of Flight, you can look at high resolution photos of every inch of the cockpits of bombers, fighter jets, and the Concorde. Dials, toggles and gauges cover every surface in these tiny rooms.
Many of our Gizmodo '79 posts have illustrated just how far we've come in the past three decades, but in one important tech example, 1979 kicks 2009's ass: The Concorde Jet.
The Concorde fleet was grounded a long time ago but, if you want to pilot one, now you can thanks to the full simulator just restored at the Brooklands Museum in Surrey, UK. For free:
It's like those sci-fi rich guys who collect everything including somebody's frozen head, only it's real: Dubai collectors—possibly the same ones turning the QE2 ocean liner into a hotel—are trying to buy BA's last Concorde.