|This picture shows, in close up, the main cockpit area of Concorde 01. Buy the time this prototype was built the cockpit configuration had been worked out and and fairly close to what would be installed on the production models.
||At a slightly wider angle we can see here the short corridor that leads to the main cockpit area. The walls of this corridor are filled with avionics equiment and circuit breaker panels. They are covered in perspex at Duxford for protection from souvenier hunters.
||The prototpye concordes were fitted with flight test recorder stations for monitoring and recording all aspects of the test flights. Some of these stations in the mid body area have been removed from this Concorde, but a selection of the forward terminals still remain in place as they did in the early 1970's
||A close up of one of the recorder stations, notice the chart recorder : no interference from Bill Gates here!!! The configuration of these consoles would be changed depending on what specific area of the aircraft performance was being tested. eg engines, aerodynamics, undercarridge etc...
||Looking aft from the forward recording stations: The front of the plane and center had recorder stations while the rear had seating for 25 staff when travelling to remote locations on the test and proving flights. The original seating was removed before the plane was delivered to Duxford but has since been replaced by 1980's Concorde seating donated by British Airways. The green item in the center of the picture is the mid under-body escape hatch.
||This is the overwing righthand emergency exit. The center of the aircraft at Duxford contains an exhibition area with pictures and Concorde memorabilia from the last 3 decades
||This is the forwad under-body escape hatch, situated just behind the cockpit. This escape system was installed on all 4 protptypes and enables the test pilots and flight recorders to abandon the aircraft and parachute safely to the ground, if a major failure were to prevent a safe landing.
||The mid under-body escpae hatch works on the same principle at the forward hatch : There are actually 2 hatchs to the mechanisim. The outer hatch would be blown first before the inner hatch was jettisoned, enabling the crew to safely evacuate the aircraft. The escape hatches were never required to be used in flight and were only tested during flight test crew training.
||A Black Box was also fitted to the protoypes to help the "what went wrong" investigation should a serious accident occur. It recorded all the important flight parameters, as they were not always recorded on the flight test stations which would be configured differently depending on the flight.
||Miles of orange test wiring was installed throughout the passenger cabin to carry signals from the hundreds of sensors to the recorder stations. The main aircaft wiring was built into the structure of the plane as it would be in the production models, but the need to change and add instrumention meant that the test wiring had to be easily accessable.
||One of the main roles of Prototype 01 was to conduct tests to find the most productive positions of the vairiable air intake ramps at different speeds, to ensure maximum performance from the engines. Two intake ramp "computers" were installed in the rear cabin to specifically perform this role.