This Iconic Plane Feature Will Soon Be Making A Comeback

Aviation geeks have a lot to look forward to this year. That’s because as part of the 50th-anniversary of the iconic Concorde plane, Aerospace Bristol will be reviving one of the plane’s distinctive features: the so-called “droop-snoot.”

Besides having an incredible name, the droop-snoot helped the supersonic aircraft go as fast as possible while maintaining safety. Because the special tip needed to be lowered in order for pilots to see the runway during takeoff and landing, the “snoot” used hydraulic pressure to raise and lower itself. Most people today have never seen this feature in action.

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Now, aviation enthusiasts are working to reanimate the droop-snoot of the Concorde as part of an anniversary exhibition. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to watch as the massive plane’s nose is raised and lowered, just as it would have been during the Concorde’s legendary flights.

The first exhibition will be held in Bristol, England, but there are plans to hold similar events in the U.S. in the coming year.