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In pictures: Inside Concorde
Claud Freeman, head of Concorde engineering at British Airways
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Claud Freeman is head of Concorde engineering at British Airways. You can listen to him describe the ups and downs of his job using the panel above right. Click through the pictures for a glimpse behind the scenes, past and present.
Concorde prototype interior, pictured in 1966
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The original design drawings for Concorde were in French and English, and used both centimetres and inches. There were no major problems when it came to fitting everything together.
Prototype Concorde 002 in a hangar in 1967
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Components built by the UK included the nose, forward fuselage, fin, rudder and air intakes. The French contribution included the landing gear and main wing sections.
Prototype engine test
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This picture, taken in February 1968 at Toulouse-Blagnac airport in France, shows Concorde prototype 001 in front of an engine-testing system.
Concorde wiring being installed
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Concorde was one of the first aircraft to use fly-by-wire technology, which involves electronic instead of mechanical controls. If laid out its wiring would stretch many miles.
Brian Trubshaw at the controls of Concorde in September 1970
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Brian Trubshaw, chief UK test pilot for Concorde, sits in a prototype cockpit in 1970 with a weather radar in the centre console, later ditched for more conventional instruments.
Engineer fitting Kevlar lining to a Concorde fuel tank
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The fuel tanks were fitted with tough Kevlar linings after the Paris crash to prevent ruptures.
One of Concorde's four Rolls Royce/ SNECMA Olympus 593-610 engines
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Concorde's engines are unique in civilian aircraft for using reheats, when fuel is injected directly into the jet pipe and ignited to give extra thrust.
Engineers at work on a BA Concorde at its Heathrow base
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The total time spent maintaining Concorde is between five and eight times that spent on a typical Boeing 747.





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