The Concorde is one of the great machines of this and the last century.
However, even though it’s been over 20 years since the Concorde landed on tarmac for the last time, there’s still so much we haven’t seen.
This simulator, for example, shows what flying the Concorde actually looks like – and it’s properly impressive.
Twenty-odd years after the demise of the Concorde, we’re finally talking about flying supersonic again.
Several private companies, and even NASA, are working on new alternatives to the Concorde.
However, the Concorde is still the blueprint, the main reference point for all these new aircraft.
Nothing about the Concorde was ‘normal, or as expected.
The interior, for example, was not luxurious at all, despite the hefty cost of a one-way ticket.
The cockpit was also unique, for two main reasons.
The first reason being the fact it had three seats, not two, because in addition to the pilot and the co-pilot, a flight engineer had to be present for the entire duration of the flight.
And the reason is the right-hand side of the cabin was literally covered in additional switches, gauges and dials.
You don’t see that in any other aircraft.
You can see just how complex and sophisticated the cockpit was in the simulator you see here.
Flying a Boeing or an Airbus airliner is no walk in the park.
However, it’s clear that, when compared to the Concorde, it’s probably just a piece of cake.