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Concorde F-BVFD Exhaust Cowlings

In order for Concorde to achieve the required range and be viable to operate, its engine system needed to be radically different. The engines chosen were the modified Olympus turbojets, and the intake and exhaust systems played a major role by providing over 50% of the thrust in the supersonic cruise. Details of the engine system are explained in a separate display within the museum.

The diagram shows the engine and how it fits into the exhaust cowling displayed here, this housed the primary and secondary nozzles (together with a section of the jet pipe).

The cowling housed the engine primary nozzles. The variable area secondary nozzles/ reverser buckets were fitted to the lugs on the rear of the cowling (see diagram).

The cowling came from Air France Concorde F-BVFD, which suffered a heavy landing at Dakar in 1977 and was eventually stripped for spares.

Technical Specifications

Engine : 4 Rolls-Royce/Snecma Olympus 593 Mk 610 turbojets
Thrust (each engine) : 169.3Kn (38,050 lbf)
Maximum Speed : 2,179 km/h (1,354mph)
Service Ceiling : 18,300m (60,000ft)

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