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The Concorde (ICAO: CONC / WAKE: HEAVY) is a turbojet-powered supersonic passenger jet airliner. Created in Second Life by EG Aircraft, the aircraft was based on the real-life Concorde, developed and produced by Aérospatiale and the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) under an Anglo-French treaty.

Background

The real-life Concorde featured a maximum speed over twice the speed of sound at Mach 2.04, with seating for 92 to 128 passengers. First flown in 1969, the aircraft entered service in 1976 and continued commercial flights for 27 years until 2003. Concorde was retired due to a general downturn in the aviation industry after the type's only crash in 2000, the 11 September terrorist attacks in 2001, and a decision by Airbus, the successor firm of Aérospatiale and BAC, to discontinue maintenance support.[1] It is one of only two supersonic transports to have entered commercial service; the other was the Tupolev Tu-144.

The EG Aircraft replica Concorde was designed with the intention of bringing a flight-simulator-esque experience into Second Life aviation and is equipped with numerous animated components, dynamic flight-physics and a highly-detailed mesh model. All controls in the cockpit are functional (in mouselook and on the supplied heads-up display) and the aircraft features realistic procedures which can be shared with a co-pilot. The Concorde is not modifiable, but personalized registration numbers (within current registrations guidelines) are available for purchase from EG Aircraft.

Features

  • Pilot's heads-up display (HUD) with:
    • Speedometer (in km/h and mach), artificial horizon, compass, vertical speed indicator (VSI), altimeter, LED engine status (engines 1, 2, 3 and 4), electric, pneumatic and hydraulic systems gauges.
    • Landing gear lever, brakes handle, nose position lever, and flaps handle.
    • Auxiliary battery, auxiliary power unit (APU), position lights, landing lights, strobe lights, cabin lights, seat belt signal, cabin pressure, independent engines, fuel pump, and electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic systems switches.
  • Working cockpit instruments and switches.
  • Animated components (yoke, switches, instruments, flaps, elevators, ailerons, rudder, landing gear, doors, and nose).
  • Interior lighting (cabin and seat belt signal lights).
  • Exterior lighting (position, landing, and strobe lights).
  • x2 functioning variants (Air France F-BVFB and British Airways G-BOAC).
  • x2 non-functioning variants (Air France and British Airways).
  • x2 desktop models (Air France and British Airways).
  • GPS and transponder.
  • Rezable ground-support props (x2 stairs).

Images

References

  1. UK | Concorde grounded for good. BBC News (2003-04-10). Retrieved on 2013-06-15.

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