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How Was Concorde's Fuel Consumption?

High thrust was required for high speed. Therefore, fuel economy was left behind.

23 July 2019, 15:33

Would you like your flights to be shorter?

If Concorde was being used today, you could have traveled from France to America in just 3 hours.

Concorde, which its last flight about 16 years ago, consumed a significant amount of fuel. High thrust was required for high speed. Therefore, fuel economy was left behind.

It had a maximum speed over twice the speed of sound at Mach 2.02 with seating for 92 to 128 passengers.

The Rolls-Royce engines were so strong that it made it difficult for the taxi to move on the ground. Therefore, the pilots used only two of the four engines of the aircraft when taxiing.

Concorde needed 2 tons of fuel to get to the runway from the gate.

Take Off Fuel Consumption

Concorde had a fuel consumption of 32.5 liters per second because it used the afterburner system during takeoff.

The Afterburner system is switched off after take-off and the thrust required for climbing is reduced by 85 percent.

Additional 15 Minutes To Break Sound Barrier

After the aircraft reaches a height of 43000 feet, the afterburner system opens for an additional 15 minutes to break the 1 Mach speed sound barrier. Approximately 30 tons of fuel is consumed in this process.

It consumes 25625 liters of fuel per hour during the cruise flight. Half of the total fuel is consumed from the take-off to 2.02 Mach (Mach 2.02 or 1356 mph or 2182 km/h).

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