26 November 2013 marks the tenth anniversary of Concorde's final flight from Heathrow Airport to Filton Airfield in Bristol, UK.
This iconic aircraft was powered by four Rolls-Royce/Snecma Olympus 593 engines and symbolises a proud chapter in our company's history.
Ten years ago more than 20,000 spectators saw the British Airways supersonic airliner land at Filton, which would become its home. For many it proved to be an emotional moment.
"I was among those who saw the Concorde touch down and it was a sad day both for our company and the industry," said Paul Stockford, Rolls-Royce engineer.
"Back in the early 1980s I provided technical support for field service representatives working with the Olympus engine. It was exciting to be involved and great experience for a young engineer."
Not only did Paul see the aircraft land, he also saw Concorde first take off from Filton more than 30 years earlier.
"I was only ten and was taken there by my father, who also used to work with Rolls-Royce," said Paul. "It's a day I will never forget."
Another employee filled with many happy memories is Clive Lear, a Leading Repair Design Engineer who helped to organise repairs for the Olympus engine.
"For me the Concorde represented prestige," said Clive. "We were working with an engine based on a military design, yet it was used in a civil aircraft. There was nothing like it in the world.
"I was part of a great team and worked with real passion for the aircraft."
The WP-3D "Hurricane Hunter" aircraft of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will be the first customer to fly with the fuel-saving T56 Series 3.5 engine enhancement package developed by Rolls-Royce.
17 Rolls-Royce aero engines were on display at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), the world's largest military airshow that attracts about 130,000 visitors.
Rolls-Royce Adour engines powered the Hawk aircraft flown by the famous Red Arrows display team last weekend. The Red Arrows also flew alongside four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines, powering the Airbus A380 for British Airways, and four Rolls-Royce TP400 engines which power the Airbus A400M military airlifter.
These photos were taken by Aviacom photographer Jamie Hunter from the 'Red 10' - a Red Arrows support aircraft.
The show also featured displays from a large number of other Rolls-Royce powered aircraft, ranging from the Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight to the Eurofighter Typhoon.
Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, the most efficient flying in the world today, have powered the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft to the skies for the first time this morning in Toulouse, France.
The Trent XWB is Rolls-Royce’s newest large engine and the fastest selling Trent engine ever, with more than 1,300 sold a year before the aircraft enters passenger service.
Rolls-Royce started the Trent XWB programme in 2006 and four years later ran the engine for the first time on a test bed. Since then, it has been tested all over the world including climate extremes from +42°C in Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates to -23°C in Iqaluit, Canada.
The programme has involved around 2,000 scientists and engineers working together on hundreds of test rigs to bring 18,000 individual components together.
The first flight of the engine today is a very important stage in the programme and a proud moment for the company.
Tony Wood, President of Aerospace at Rolls-Royce, commented: "We congratulate Airbus on today’s huge achievement and look forward to supporting the A350 XWB to a successful entry into service and beyond. Our own employees are very proud that they have delivered a global engine programme that has achieved new levels of efficiency."
Today’s first flight is the culmination of many years of work by a Rolls-Royce team which has combined the best elements of the existing Trent engine family with technologies specifically designed for the new Trent XWB. It is part of the Trent family's continual development, delivering a series of small but vital improvements to each Trent engine design that enhance aerodynamics, enable the engine to operate at greater temperatures and pressures, and reduce the number of parts and overall weight.
A Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet engine, which would normally power the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft, is being used for The BLOODHOUND Project; an international education initiative focused on a 1,000 mph World Land Speed Record attempt.
The jet engine will be used in conjunction with a custom-designed hybrid rocket to propel the car to supersonic speed.
Rolls-Royce announced they will provide financial and technical support for the project, which aims to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians.
Fifty-six trained Rolls-Royce BLOODHOUND ambassadors will also take part in this project, helping school teachers across the UK deliver inspiring BLOODHOUND-themed lessons. The ambassadors will play a key role in helping young people to make positive career choices, by giving real life context to their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies.
Announcing the partnership, Colin Smith CBE, Rolls-Royce Director of Engineering and Technology, said: “Cutting edge engineering keeps Rolls-Royce, and the UK, at the forefront of global business. We understand the fundamental importance of inspiring young people about STEM and know that more needs to be done. Sponsoring BLOODHOUND gives us an opportunity to showcase world-class British engineering and invest in our future."
Richard Noble OBE, BLOODHOUND Project Director said: “Rolls-Royce's support of the Programme is invaluable, their highly motivated ambassadors will help us reach many more schools and youth groups across the country. Their experience of working within a first class aerospace company makes them perfect role models for aspiring engineers."
- Bloodhound SSC is a jet and rocket powered car designed to go at 1,000 mph (just over 1,600 kph).
- It weighs over 7 tonnes and the engines produce more than 135,000 horsepower - more than 6 times the power of all the Formula 1 cars on a starting grid put together!
- At full speed BLOODHOUND SSC will cover a mile in 3.6 seconds, that's 4.5 football pitches laid end to end per second.
- BLOODHOUND has three power plants, a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet from a Eurofighter Typhoon, a custom designed hybrid rocket and a 750 bhp Cosworth F1 engine that drives the rocket oxidiser pump.
- The BLOODHOUND team scoured the globe to find the perfect desert to run the car on, it needed to be at least 12 miles long, two miles wide and perfectly flat. The Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape, South Africa was selected.
- UK runway testing (up to 200 mph) will get underway early 2014 before the team decamp to the Hakskeen Pan, South Africa to begin high speed testing.
- Currently 5,442 UK primary and secondary schools have signed up to join the BLOODHOUND Education Programme, equating to roughly 2.5 million pupils.