Be one of the first to see Concorde's nose droop
Saturday 13th April, 11.00 and 13.00
Visit Aerospace Bristol on Saturday 13th April for the first public showing of the droop nose in operation at 11am and 1pm.
Concorde's droop nose was designed to give pilots better visibility during takeoff and landing. The droop nose of Concorde Alpha Foxtrot has not operated since the final flight on November 2003. To celebrate Concorde50, our conservation team and volunteers have been working on an exciting project to get it moving again for the first time in over 15 years, and you could be here to see it.
Don't miss your chance to witness this exciting and historic occasion, free to join as part of your museum admission. Take advantage of your 'free return visits' or book your tickets now.
activating concorde’s droop nose
Our conservation team and volunteers are currently working on an exciting project to celebrate Concorde50: activating Concorde’s droop nose, which could be lowered to improve visibility of runways and taxiways. We aim to have the droop nose working by 9th April 2019: the 50th anniversary of the first British Concorde flight.
The droop nose of Concorde Alpha Foxtrot has not operated since the aircraft was decommissioned and the hydraulic fluid drained, following its final flight in November 2003.
We would like to thank all of the volunteers who have so generously given their time to this project, as well as Zeus Hydratech who generously provided the motor and pump unit and Exxon Mobil, who have kindly donated the vital M2V hydraulic oil.
Concorde G-BOAF Filton 26 Nov 03 (Credit: BAE Systems)
Making it happen
To make this special project a reality, we need to establish a method of energising the hydraulic system for the droop nose without affecting any other systems on the aircraft. We also need to activate some of the original aircraft electrical system to be able to select the nose up and down.
To do this, we have laid new cables under the aircraft floor to supply a transformer, which will take the voltage to 28volts. This is compatible with the aircraft, allowing us to use the original aircraft selectors.
The next issue to overcome is to supply 3000psi of hydraulic pressure to the droop nose system. Zeus Hydratech have kindly agreed to supply us with a bespoke motor and pump unit (power pack).
To effect simple connectivity to the existing hydraulic circuit, it was decided the power pack would be installed inside the Concorde nose wheel bay.
our progress so far…
support concorde and the droop nose project
Show your support for Aerospace Bristol during Concorde50 and help us to preserve and treasure Concorde Alpha Foxtrot for future generations to enjoy.
By supporting the appeal, you will play your part in the exciting droop nose project and help to inspire young people to become the engineers of the next 50 years and beyond.