Yes, all take offs were performed with reheat for safety reasons since this required only one performance calculation (instead of two: one with reheat, one without). To bring this into context, those four engines could produce almost half the thrust of an A380 !! Concorde could make the sun rise in the west ;)

Sadly, the crash in France was never the fault of the aircraft and I think grounding (and draining) all Concordes was unjustified. To make a very, very long story short, it was not the metal titanium strip on the runway lost by the Continental Airlines DC-10 that ultimately brought the aircraft down, but a long chain of bad decisions. Regardless, it was a tragedy on many levels for sure :(

To emphasise Pilot's "long story short" - this only takes 19 minutes and gives the full story...Smiley




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