Concorde Engine Found to Be in ‘Perfect Condition’
June 3, 2010 — The French association Olympus593, which is aiming to return the Concorde to flight, carried out the first comprehensive review of Concorde “Sierra Delta’s” engines at the Air Museum at Le Bourget, Paris on May 29. Former Air France Concorde Engineer Pascal Touzeau conducted a seven-hour boroscopic test, using remote cameras and video to inspect the insides of one of the aircraft’s four Rolls Royce engines and found the engine to be in perfect condition, reports Olympus593. Representatives from the Save the Concorde Group, the UK counterpart to Olympus593, were also present for the inspection.
The group’s main goal, as EAA reported earlier this year, is to return one of the retired supersonic aircraft back to airworthy condition and fly it with the RAF’s Red Arrows aerobatic team over the 2012 Olympic Games in London. And if that occurs, another goal would be to fly a Concorde to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
View photos and video from Saturday’s inspection.