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Concorde - A Real Life Time Machine - RAeS / IMechE talk

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In the first century of powered flight, and to this day, there has never been another aircraft in operation, civil or military of any country, which can do what Concorde did. There were, and are, aircraft that can fly higher, or go faster, or carry more people or fly further, but none that can combine all those capabilities to fly at Mach2, without refuelling, across the Atlantic with one hundred passengers on board.

Looking back over those one hundred years and to the origins of Concorde, this talk explains why Concorde was such a technological achievement and a commercial success in airline operation.

Captain David Rowland FRAeS FRIN is a Past President of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

David Rowland joined BOAC in 1969 as a co-pilot/navigator on VC 10 aircraft, subsequently joining the Concorde fleet as a co-pilot in 1976, soon after the aircraft entered service.

Having left the fleet to obtain a command on BAC 1 -11 aircraft and after becoming a Training Captain and Instrument Rating Examiner, he returned to Concorde as a Captain and was appointed Flight Manager and then Commercial Manager and later General Manager of the Fleet. He retired from British Airways in 1999.

David has been a member and past Chairman of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Learned Society Board and of the Flight Simulation Group. He was a founder committee member of the aviation industry’s environmental group, Greener-by-Design and chaired the Operations sub committee. David is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and a Liveryman of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators.

Time: Refreshments served from 19.00. Talk starts at 19.30. Ends at 21.00 following discussion.

Free to attend. Refreshments £2. Registration not required. All welcome. Suitable for all students and engineers. You are encouraged to bring with you colleagues, friends and family who are interested in engineering and aviation.

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This talk is organised jointly by the Royal Aeronautical Society Cambridge branch, and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Beds and Cambs area.

This talk is part of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (Cambridgeshire Area) series.

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