Engineering Heritage Award for Concorde G-AXDN
We are delighted to announce that the Institution of Mechanical Engineers have awarded our Concorde G-AXDN their prestigious Engineering Heritage Award in recognition of the important part the aircraft played in the development of supersonic transport.
Powered by four Rolls Royce Olympus engines with afterburners Concorde was the first supersonic transport to enter service and pioneered the use of fly-by-wire in an airliner.
Our Concorde is the British pre-production version. Following completion of its testing programme it was donated to the Duxford Aviation Society for safe keeping by the government and was flown into Duxford airfield in 1977.
She holds the speed record for the fleet reaching Mach 2.23 (1,450 m.p.h.) in April 1974.
The Award was presented to the Chairman of the Duxford Aviation Society, David Garside, by the President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Patrick Kniveton BSc (Hons) MBA CEng FIMechE.
The presentation of the award was attended by 70 members of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Before the award presentation David gave a short address in the AirSpace auditorium.