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1 or 2 engine 67 fail in flight and should there be a busbar failure on the ground, although for the automatic system to engage the engines had to be running at 58 per cent thrust. The hydraulic system on Concorde operated at pressures between 4,000 and SK IN AND BONES SKIN AND BONES GEAR UPLOCKS J,'j--- TELESCOPIC DRAG STRUT The nose gear of Concorde retracted forwards to enter the bay. In normal use the large doors cycled open only during retraction and extension. Bristol Aero Collection STEERING UNIT LEG ~ TORQUE OLEO STRUT _ LINKS i SHOCK ABSORBER The tail-skid as fitted to Concorde had two functions.
A further fire-detection system was installed in the fuel tanks. This used flame detectors linked to a vent ignition suppression system, which automatically discharged extinguisher into the fuel system vent pipe, thereby preventing any ignited fuel vapour from blowing back into the system. Should fire break out in the vicinity of the fuel tanks there were four extinguishers; these could be operated manually from the flight deck by the crew, and should there be a cabin emergency involving smoke or fumes Concorde was fitted with two oxygen systems.
The three regular crew for a Concorde were the captain, co-pilot and flight engineer, all provided with individual oxygen and communications equipment. The crew and passengers aboard Concorde used oxygen for emergency breathing, although the crew could select theirs when required, while in the passenger cabin it was either controlled by a detected change in cabin pressure or by the crew's selecting it for deployment. Facing the two pilots were the main instrument panels which contained the usual instruments and switches and a central, shared panel held the engine-monitoring instruments.