A Concorde's Doomed Flight

During its takeoff from Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport, Air France Flight 4590 heaves itself off the ground, only to find its engines on fire and landing gear stuck. The pilot is unable either to abort the takeoff or make it to nearby Le Bourget airport.

NOSE Droops hydraulically during takeoff to improve the crew's forward view

WHEELS The Concorde's 10 wheels retract hydraulically

FUEL TANKS 13 tanks carry 31,500 gal. (119,500 L)

ENGINES Four Rolls-Royce/SNECMA Olympus 593-610 engines power the plane

1 Replaced Thrust Reverser A spare part is installed in Engine No. 2 causing investigators initially to blame...

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