Cunliffe-Owen Concordia
1947
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Cunliffe-Owen Concordia

Staying with airliners, W. Garrow-Fisher designed a medium-range, 10-seat, low-wing transport with twin Alvis Leonides LE 4M engines, named Concordia. The first flight took place at Eastleigh on 19 May 1947, but only two were eventually completed, an extensive sales tour of Europe having failed to win suffIcient orders to proceed into series production. Cunliffe-Owen never recovered from this setback and went out of business in 1948.

Cunliffe-Owen Concordia

Comments
Mervyn Horton, 18.11.2014

The problem with the Concordia wasn't lack of sales potential (this is a myth) but rather lack of power from the LE4Ms in single-engined flight, making certification impossible.

Barry, 01.04.2014

The difficulty for all new civil airliners after the war was that there were so many ex military aircraft like the DC3 available, which offered a higher capacity and a greater performance.In addition larger established manufacturers like DeHavilland were able to produce similar aircraft like the D.H.106 Dove, which benefited from military orders in the form of the Devon, which put the Concordia on a hiding to nothing.

Specification:
2 x 550h.p. Alvis Leonides LE 4M
Span 56ft 7in
Length 44ft 10in
Height 16ft 9in
Max Speed 216mph @ 3,000ft
Cruise Speed 194mph @ 9,500ft

Mike Crouch, 13.03.2011

I have some photographs of the wing assembly and a final photo of the finished aircraft with all the people involved in its construction. I also have the original sales brochure giving all relevent details of the engines and performance details .My father was a fitter for C O and was very proud of this aircraft , pity it was not a success

Mike Crouch, 13.03.2011

I have some photographs of the wing assembly and a final photo of the finished aircraft with all the people involved in its construction. I also have the original sales brochure giving all relevent details of the engines and performance details .My father was a fitter for C O and was very proud of this aircraft , pity it was not a success

Teri DeSales, 29.10.2009

Jason: any chance you could scan a copy of that advert. My grandfather was the designer of the plane and we have very little information. Thanks!

Jason Evans, 07.05.2009

I live in Eastleigh, and although this plane was a bit before my time, i am sad it was never produced, it was a nice looking plane and i would have been proud to say it was born in my hometown.
I recently got a old advert from a aeroplane magazine, its actually a Concordia advert (dated may 30th 1947) so only 11 days after the first flight.

Peter Larkham, 13.12.2008

I made a model of this for flight simulator 2004 and I have a handful of photos I begged for during my research, drop me a line if your still interested

Martin Fox, 30.10.2007

Hello, I have a friend who is keen to get hold of photos of this and other aircraft, can you help?

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