The Only Picture Ever Taken...of a Supersonic Concorde

This is the only supersonic picture ever taken of Concorde...

April 1985, Photographer Adrian Meredith climbed into a Royal Air Force Panavia Tornado twin-engine afterburning, variable-sweep multirole combat aircraft with a single mission...to capture a supersonic Concorde at altitude, high over the Irish Sea.

As expected, the interception was successful, and after expending much of her fuel, the Tornado rendezvoused with Concorde south of Ireland at over twice the speed of sound (Mach 2.0).

The Royal Air Force Fighter could only do so for a short time due to the enormous rate of fuel burn.

Soon after joining the white delta winged SST airliner 5 miles above the ocean, the Tornado fighter jet was forced to break formation and head home, while Concorde effortlessly and gracefully cruised faster than words can be carried...on to New York City.

 

 


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  • Michael Brennan

    Good grief, get the aspect ratio of the photo correct!


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